CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Optics and Photonics

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Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

Study of the fundamental principles and primary applications of lasers, and
of detectors of optical radiation.


Laser Electronics

Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Outcome 1 (Students will demonstrate expertise in a subfield of study chosen from the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering):
1. Analyze a Fabry-Perot interferometer and obtain the resonant wavelengths (modes).
2. Understand the working principles and characteristics of various lasers

Outcome 2 (Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate advanced problems and apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve those problems):
1. Calculate the lasing threshold condition of common laser structures.

Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield):
1. Identify modern applications for various laser types, including gas, solid state, and semiconductor lasers.

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Wave Propagation
Laws of Reflection and Refraction
Interference and Coherence

Ray Tracing
ABCD Matrices
Stability Criterion

Gaussian Beams
ABCD Propagation

Optical Cavities
Fabry Perot Resonance
Photon Lifetime

Introduction to Lasers
Stimulated Emission
Einstein Coefficients
Threshold and Steady State Conditions
Two, Three, and Four Level Laser Systems

Laser Dynamics
Q-switching and Mode-locking
Saturable Absorbers and Amplifiers

Laser Examples
Doped Insulator Lasers
Gas Lasers
Dye Lasers
Excimer Lasers
Semiconductor Lasers

Detection of Optical Radiation
Square Law Devices
Optical Communication