Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: F4, F4f. Course coordinator: Stefan Kröll, och Anne L'Huillier,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: Basic courses in Optics and Laser Physics. Assessment: Written exam. Compulsory laborations with written reports. Home page:

The course aims at providing knowledge about basic as well as advanced techniques for manipulating and controlling laser light and laser pulses. This involves controlling intensity, frequency distribution, temporal profiles in order to design advanced optical systems for specialised tasks in industry as well as research.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to describe the principles for acousto-optic and electro-optical effects and devices

· be able to describe the basic principles for non-linear light matter interaction.

· have the ability to carry out quantitative theoretical calculations of the conversion efficiencies for nonlinear light-matter interactions

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse advanced optical systems which are based on electro-optic, acousto-optic or non-linear optical effects

· be able to design optical systems for specific tasks based on acousto-optic, electro-optic or non-linear optical effects

· be able to calculate pulse shapes after pulse propagation

· have obtained an improved ability to tackle more complex thesoretical tasks in optics and laser physics

· be able to find, integrate and utilise information from appropriate english litterature

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

have an ability to design and evaluate optical methods that can be used for developing new technology, methods and systems

· Photons and quantum-mechanical aspects of light

· Light propagation in anisotropic materials

· Acousto-optical effects & modulators

· Electro-optic effects & modulators

· Non-linear light-matter interaction

· Ultrafast optics, pulse propagation of short pulses in dispersive non-linear media

Two laboratory exercises: Non-linear optics, Ultrafast optics

B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich,
Fundamental of Photonics
Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics, John Wiley & sons, inc. 1991, ISBN 0-471-83965-5