About the course - General

  • Principles of laser operation, stimulated/spontaneous emission, rate equations, spectral line broadening.

    Gaussian beams and resonators, laser modes, Gouy phase, brightness, M^2, optimum coupling.

    Fundamental limits and noise.

    Pulsed lasers:  Q-switching, mode-locking.

    Specific laser systems:  Gas, dye, solid-state, semiconductor and fiber lasers.


    Ultrafast oscillators and amplifiers, chirped pulse amplification (CPA).

    Ultrafast pulses, femtosecond pulse propagation, pulse shaping, carrier-envelope phase (CEP) stabilization.


    Optical Kerr effect, ultrafast pulse measurements, modern experimental techniques.


    Extreme non-linear optics, 3-step model, high harmonic generation, and attosecond science.

    • References:

      Principles of Lasers, Orazio Svetlo; Springer; 5 ed. 2010  

      Nonlinear optics, R. Boyd; Academic Press; 3 ed. 2008

      Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena, J. C. Dies; Academic Press; 2 ed. 2006


      Laser Electronics, J.T. Verdeyen;  Prentice Hall; 3 ed. 1995

      Lasers, A.E. Siegman; Univ. Science Books; 1986

      • Office hours

        Name Day Hours Building/Room E-mail
        Dr. Eugene Frumker By appointment - 54/213

        TBA TBA XX/ZZ


        Group What? Name Day Hours Building/Room
        1 Lecture Dr. Eugene Frumker Tuesday 10:00-13:0028/303

          • Home work: 20% magen

            Exam: Written exam

            • Note, the file names do not necessarily correspond to the sequential lecture number