Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. FAFN01 overlap following cours/es: FAF073, FAF112, FAF073 och FAF112. Alternative for: MFOT4. Optional for: E4, E4ss, F4, F4f, M4, N4. Course coordinator: Anne L´Huillier,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: Optics corresponding to the course FAFF01 Optics and Optical Design. Assessment: Written exam. Three mandatory laboratory exercises with report. A small project using a ray tracing programme. Home page:

The aim of the course is to teach the physical principles of lasers as well as to give an orientation of the different laser types and laser techniques.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· know how a laser works

· understand important concepts such as stimulated absorption and emission, homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening, diffraction, electromagnetic propagation in a cavity, dispersion, amplification, mode-locking.

· be able to orient himself /herself among the different lasers for a given application.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to perform alignments and measurements with lasers.

· be able to calculate conditions for lasing and amplification as well as propagation of a laser beam through optical components.

· be able to solve problems in Optics and Lasers

· have an increased experience for working in groups of two or four persons towards a common goal.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to search, acquire and assess knowledge from a reference English book

· have an increased competence for presenting in writing an accomplished project.


Fundamental of Photonics
B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich
Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics, John Wiley & sons, inc., Second edition.
Chapters 3,10,12-15