Lasers physics

lphys2245  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Lasers physics
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
22.5 h + 7.5 h
Lauzin Clément;
Main themes
Reminder on light-matter interaction, homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening, gas lasers, dye lasers, solid state lasers, pulsed lasers and applications.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a.     Contribution of the teaching unit to the learning outcomes of the programme (PHYS2M and LPHYS2M1)
AA 1.3, AA1.4, AA 1.6, AA 2.1, AA 2.2, AA 5.3, AA 6.3, AA7.1, AA 7.2, AA7.5, AA7.6, AA 8.1
b.    Specific learning outcomes of the teaching unit
At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to:
1.   recognize the most used lasers and their basic principles ;
2.   have in mind the orders of magnitude of important properties of several important lasers ;
3.   conceive a basic laser layout and being able to spot strength and bottleneck of this set-up ;
4.   explain few applications of lasers in fundamental and applied physics ;
5.   conceive different set-up to test the basic properties of a laser ;
6.   build an interferometer.
Reminder on light-matter interaction
Homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening
Gas lasers
Dye lasers
Solid state lasers
UV, XUV lasers
Fiber lasers
Frequency control of a laser
Applications : spectroscopic and distance measurements
Introduction to mode-locked lasers
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures, laboratories and experimental demonstrations, applied projects
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The student will be evaluated based on a written report concerning an experimental or theoretical project on lasers. The evaluation will also be based on the defense of this project and an oral examination.
S. Hooker and C. Webb « Laser Physics » Oxford master series in Physics, 2010
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Physical Engineering

Master [60] in Physics

Advanced Master in Nanotechnologies

Master [120] in Physics