Course: Laser Physics

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Course title Laser Physics
Course code OPT/IZL
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Marek Petr, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Park Kimin, Ph.D.
  • Filip Radim, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Road to laser and maser. Motivation for a discovery of laser and maser. 2. Principles of oscillators with a feedback. Interaction of light in a classical dielectric medial. 3. Einstein quantum theory, amplification of light by stimulated emission, population inversion. 4. Three-level and four-level laser, thermal and pulsed pumping, types of lasers. 5. Nonlinear evolution of laser intensity, threshold for lasing, saturation of light in laser. 6. Stability of laser intensity, transient effects, mode cooperation and competition. 7. Photon statistics of laser, laser noise, Poissonian statistics and photon statistics measurement. 8. Quantum state of laser light versus thermal radiation, detection of quantum states of laser and their application. 9. Quantum model of atom-light interaction, atomic coherence, micromaser.

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Homework for Teaching - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 26 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 39 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The goal of course is to introduce basic physical principles of laser and micromaser, their semi-classicial and quantum dynamics and quantum statistics of radiation.
To obtain knowledge. Define the main ideas and conceptions of the subject, describe the main approaches of the studied topics, recall the theoretical knowledge for solution of model problems.
Quantum mechanics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Knowledge in the range of topic.
Recommended literature
  • Loudon, R. (1973). The Quantum Theory of Light. Oxford University Press.
  • Meystre, P.; Sargent, M. (1999). Elements of Quantum Optics. Springer.
  • Siegman, A.E. (1986). Lasers. University Science Books.
  • Zubairy, M.S.; Scully, M.O. (1997). Quantum Optics. Cambridge University Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Optics and Optoelectronics (2015) Physics courses 1 Summer