PH450 - Laser Physics and Applications

Spring Term 2005

General Information


 Galen C. Duree Jr., PhD







Campus Box:


Office Hours:

 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM   M T W Th


Fundamentals of Photonics B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich


Homework problems will be assigned in class at which time the due date will be given (or see below under Assignments). Please show all of your work. Please write only on one side of the paper. You are encouraged to discuss the homework with your colleagues, however, you are required to prepare your own solutions.


There will be a take-home mid-term exam and a comprehensive oral final exam


There will be about eight laboratories with this course.  Each student is responsible for turning in one memo-format lab report for each lab.  In addition, each lab group is responsible for maintaining a lab notebook which is to be a detailed description about what was done in the lab.  This lab notebook is to be turned in at the end of the term.  The notebook will be graded and will have a maximum point value equal to one lab report (100 points).


The final grade will be determined as follows:

Homework – 30%

Exams – 40%

Laboratory – 30%


Final Exam Topics


The following is a list of chapters potentially covered in this course.  The list may need to be modified depending on how the course progresses.

Please review

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


Ray Optics - especially Section 1.4 (Matrix Optics)

Wave Optics - especially Section 2.2 (Wave Equation)

Chapter 9

Resonator Optics

Chapter 3

Beam Optics

Chapter 11

Photon Optics

Mid-Term Exam


Chapter 13

Laser Amplifiers

Chapter 14



The midterm exam will be given out in class on Monday, April 18, 2005 and due by 5:15 PM on Monday, April 25, 2005


Assignment #1

Due Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Assignment #2

Due Monday, April 18, 2005

Assignment #3

Due Monday, May 2, 2005

Assignment #4

Due Thursday, May 12, 2005

Assignment #5

Due Thursday, May 19, 2005  (The last one!)




Experiment #1

Experiment #2

Experiment #3

Experiment #4

Experiment #5

Experiment #6

No soft copy!

Experiment #7
Experiment #8

No soft copy!

Dye Flouresence and Absorption

Last update 06/28/2010 by Galen C. Duree Jr.