PHYC 569 Topics in Ultrafast Phenomena
NOTE: This course is offered as PHYC 569, Advanced Topics in Modern Optics
Instructor: Prof. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae
Office: Physics & Astronomy Rm. 1109 (North Wing)
Phone: 277-2080, Fax: 277-1520
To see me in my office, please make an appointment (call or email).
Class meeting times: Tu, Th, 5:30-6:45 Physics and Astronomy, Room 184
- Laser Electronics by J.T. Verdeyen,
- Optical Electronics in Modern Communications by Amnon Yariv
- Physics of Optoelectronic Devices by S. L. Chuang
- Lasers by Milonni and Eberly
- Photonics by Saleh and Teich
- Theory of Optical Properties in Semiconductors by P. K. Basu
Pre-requisites: Advanced Optics, Laser Physics I, (Check UNM Catalog for more details). Basic knowledge of Quantum Mechanics is also required.
Teaching Assistant: Chi Feng Wang
Assignments: Homework problem sets will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the semester..
Tests: There will be one midterm exam and a final presentation.
Tentative Midterm Test Date:
Check the UNM's Office of Registrar for possible changes in the Final exam schedule.
For other deadlines see: http://www.unm.edu/~unmreg/acadcal.htm
Grading (subject to change): The final grade is weighted as follows:
Final Presentation and Term Paper: 40%
Some of the topics covered in this course may vary depending on the overall students' interests and requests.
- Review of laser principles (1-2 lectures)
- Semiconductor Lasers (11 lectures)
- Review of band-theory
- k.p theory and effective mass approximation
- Derivation of optical transitions and gain in semiconductors
- Optical propagation in dielectric waveguides
- Heterojunction lasers
- Quantum-confined structures, multiple quantum well (MQW) lasers
- Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL)
- Optically Pumped Semiconductors Lasers
- Quantum-cascade lasers
- Optical Detectors and Detection Techniques (3 lectures)
- Statistical Optics (2 lectures)
- Topics in Ultrafast Phenomena (Femtosecond Metrology, Extreme Nonlinear Optics & Atto-Science) (5-6 lectures)
- Terahertz radiation (T-rays) and applications (2-3 lectures)
Other topics may include:
- NanoOptics, Plasmonics
- Unstable resonators and applications
- Maxwell-Bloch equations, coherent transient effects