Courses Catalogue

Laser And Spectroscopy

COURSE CODE: PHY3108
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Lasers and photonic techniques are used in all branches of science and technology. The principles of laser operation will be discussed, with reference to commonly used laser systems. The course provides knowledge of the laser as a fundamental tool of contemporary science and technology. The course will give a detailed and mathematical introduction to gain media, laser cavities, Gaussian beams, and their combination into many forms of laser. Principle and practical application of UV/Visible Spectroscopy

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge of the laser and spectroscopy as a fundamental tool of contemporary science and technology.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  Perform quantitative calculations on the properties of cavities, beams, and gain media, and the output of simple laser systems.

§  Discuss the differences between continuous & pulsed laser systems, and the uses of both.

§  Describe how the design of a laser and the choice of the gain medium affect its output characteristics.

§  Assess the properties of new laser systems based on the knowledge of their design.

§  Describe a theoretical background to the different spectroscopy methods

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

§  quantitative calculations on the properties of cavities, beams, and gain media, and the output of simple laser systems.

§  the differences between continuous & pulsed laser systems, and the uses of both.

§  the design of a laser and the choice of the gain medium affects its output characteristics.

§  properties of new laser systems based on a knowledge of their design.

§  the diversity of laser designs and applications.

§  A theoretical background to the different spectroscopy methods