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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Photonics 2005 — Introduction to Laser Systems

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Introduces the theory and operation of solid-state and gas lasers and presents continues wave and pulse systems. The course covers the laser power and energy measurements, characteristics of flash lamps, discharge circuits, and pulse forming networks for optically pumped solid lasers, SW arc lamps.  It also covers power supplies for CW-pumped lasers, safe operations and measurements with argon, CO2 and Nd: YAG.

Course Modules

  • Topical outline as laser characteristics
  • Helium-neon (He:Ne) laser
  • Argon-ion laser
  • Solid state characteristics
  • Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser
  • Continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed beam diagnostics

Student Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Assemble, align and make operational a continuous-wave (CW) helium-neon (He:Ne) laser from parts.
  2. Align and make operational both an argon-ion and a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser.
  3. Discuss operational characteristics of gas and solid state lasers.
  4. Perform beam diagnostics on available lasers.


Evaluations and Final Grade

Students are given three projects (three non-operational lasers).

  1. The first laser the student makes operational is a “C” for the course.
  2. If the student makes two lasers operational (non-order specific), the student receives a “B” for the course.
  3. A student will receive an “A” for the course if all three lasers are made operational.


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