Short Course on DVD: Solid-State Lasers 1: Fundamental Physics

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Individual Use
$600 USD
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$3,000 USD
DVD (2 discs)
3 hours, 4 minutes
Richard C. Powell

This course describes the properties of lasers based on optically active ions doped into insulating host materials. In Part 1, the fundamental physics concepts relevant to solid-state lasers are discussed, while in Part 2 the application of these concepts to specific laser systems is reviewed. The emphasis of the course is on the materials and physics involved in solid-state laser development and applications.

Intended Audience: 

Scientists, engineers and managers dealing with the design and application of systems utilizing solid-state lasers.

Learning Objectives: 

This course aims to provide participants with:

  • A knowledge of the variety of host materials and active ions available for use as solid-state lasers and their range of properties.
  • An understanding of how the spectroscopic properties of materials effects the laser operational parameters.
  • An understanding of the fundamental atomic and solid-state physics concepts that determine the characteristics of a material relevant to laser operation.
  • The understanding gained from this course should help informed decision-making for those involved in research and development of new lasers or managers selecting laser systems for specific applications.
Course Outline: 
  • Introduction and review of basic laser concepts and their relationship to the optical properties of materials
  • Free ion energy levels — atomic physics, the coupling of angular momentum, Coulomb and exchange interactions
  • Energy levels of ions in a static crystal field — the use of group theory to account for the symmetry of the system
  • Interaction of ions with electromagnetic radiation — absorption and emission of photons and selection rules
  • Effects of lattice vibrations — absorption and emission of phonons to provide thermal quenching and changes in the widths and positions of spectral lines
  • Effects of ion-ion interactions — the formation of exchange coupled pairs and energy transfer pumping and quenching

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