PHY 452/562
Lasers and Modern Optics
Fall 2008
Meeting Time and Place: Instructor:


TuTh 9:50-11:10 P123  
Prof. Dominik Schnebledschneble A-106 Office hours: W 2:00-3:30pm  
TA: Dominik S-138 Office hours: tba  
Topics:   Lorentz model for dispersion and absorption
Two-state atom in classical optical field, density matrix
Emission and absorption, rate equations
Laser oscillation; gain & threshold
Resonators and laser modes
Specific laser systems and their properties
Applications of lasers in research and technology
Lasers, by P. W. Milonni and J. H. Eberly (Wiley Intersience)
Modern Optics, by G.R. Fowles (Dover)
PHY452: HW 30%, Midterm Exam 30%, Final Exam  40%
PHY562: HW 30%, Midterm Exam 20%, Final Exam 35%, Term paper 15%
Optional:   PHY452: laser/optics projects in the Laser Teaching Center, S-202 (tba)
Schedule and assignments
(subject to change, check web page regularly)
HW is due in S-138 on Fridays  following  the week in which it is assigned, and it will be graded. PHY562 students will solve more and/or  more challenging problems. You may  work  together on solving the problems,  but cannot hand in the  same solutions.  Solutions  will be posted after  the homework   is collected. Therefore, late papers will NOT be accepted.
Wk   Lecture Homework
1 Sep 2   Sep 4   no HW
2 Sep 9 Sep 11  due 9/19: Milonni & Eberly, problem 2.1, 2.3, 2.4; 3.2, 3.3,3.8 
3 Sep 16   Sep 18  
4 Sep 23 Sep 25 due 10/6: M&E 4.1[452], 5.1, 5.2, 6.2, 6.3[562], X1[562]
5 Sep 30 [Rosh Hashanah, no class] Oct 2  
6 Oct 7 Oct 9 [Yom Kippur, no class] due 10/21: M&E 6.9, 7.1, 7.2; 6.10[562]
7 Oct 14 Oct 16  
9 Oct  21 Oct 23 due 10/28: M&E 10.3, 10.4, 10.6; X3[562]
10 Oct  28 Oct 30  
11 Nov  4 MIDTERM EXAM Nov 6  
12 Nov  11 Nov 13 due 11/24: M&E 11.1,11.3,11.4, 11.5,11.8,X4X5[562], X6[562], X7[562]
13 Nov  18 Nov 20 PHY562 term paper (choice of topic due 11/24, paper due 12/11)
14 Nov  25 Nov 27 [Thanksgiving, no class] due 12/9: X8,X9,X10
15 Dec  2 Dec 4  
16 Dec  9 Dec 11  
17 Dec 15 Monday [correction day] last lecture, 9:50-11:10    
18 Dec 23 FINAL EXAM 8-10:30AM P123    


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