**Fall 2016,
Cornell University**

__Instructors__

Prof. Debdeep Jena (web) & Prof. Clif Pollock (web)

Departments of ECE and MSE, Cornell
University

__Class
Hours __

MWF 10:10 – 11:00 am

Location: Bard Hall 140, Official
Course Link

Office hours: TBD

__Prerequisites
__

ECE 3030 or permission of instructor.

__About the
course__

Introduction to the operation, physics, and application of
lasers. The course
covers diffraction-limited optics, Gaussian beams, optical resonators, the interaction of radiation with matter, stimulated
emission, rate equations, and laser design. Examples of coherent radiation to
nonlinear optics, communication, and leading-edge
research are frequently used. Course concludes with a lab where students
design and then build a laser.

__Outcomes__

+Be able to analytically design and physically construct a
functional laser with simple optics.

+Be
able to design a laser optic system using mirrors,
lenses and gain media based on Gaussian beam analysis.

+Understand
the general operating principles of laser systems, and be knowledgeable of
specific systems (e.g. tunable, ultrafast, high power, fiber and semiconductor
lasers).

+Understand how to design and the physics behind continuous wave
operation, mode locking, Q-switching, and harmonic generation.

__Textbooks__

The following text will be required for
the course:

- Laser
Electronics (Joseph T. Verdeyen, 3^{rd}
Edition)

__Course
related materials__

+ Supporting
Slides [Note: the slides are * not*
meant to replace the text!]

+ Handout 0: Course
Information

+ Handout 1: Townes’
historical perspective on lasers (About Townes)

+ Handout 2: Schawlow’s
historical perspective on lasers (About Schawlow)

+ Handout 3: Hansch’s article on *Edible*
Lasers! (About Hansch)

+ Handout 4: Alferov’s article on* *Semiconductor
Lasers (About Alferov)

+ Handout 5: Kroemer’s article on* *Heterostructures (About Kroemer)

+ Handout 6: Nakamura’s
article on GaN LEDs and Lasers (About Nakamura)

__Lecture
Videos__

Are available here.

__Assignments__

1 – Assignment
1 posted: 08/31/2016 due: 09/14/2016 solutions

2 – Assignment
2 posted: 09/16/2016 due: 09/26/2016 solutions

3 – Assignment
3 posted: 09/28/2016 due: 10/12/2016 solutions

4 – Assignment
4 posted: 10/14/2016 due: 10/26/2016 solutions

5 – Assignment
5 posted: 10/28/2016 due: 11/11/2016 solutions

6 – Assignment
6 posted: 11/14/2016 due: 11/22/2016 solutions

7 – Assignment
7 posted: 11/30/2016 due: 12/09/2016 solutions

__Exams__

1 – Prelim
1 [Practice
Prelim]

2 – Prelim
2 [Practice
Prelim]

3 – Final
[Practice
Final]

__Contact__

Email: djena
at cornell dot edu if you have any questions