Solid-State Lasers (SUPASSL)
Lecturer: Alan Kemp
Hours Equivalent Credit: 14
Assessment: Assessed tutorial assignment
An introduction to the physics, engineering, and thermal management of solid-state lasers, in particular diode-pumped solid-state lasers. Topics covered include: the underlying science and properties of lasers, e.g. energy levels, stimulated emission, population inversion, gain, threshold and slope efficiency; laser rate equations; common solid-state laser designs, including gain media, optical pumping schemes, operational modes (continuous wave, tuneable and pulsed); approaches to and modelling of thermal management in solid-state and semiconductor lasers; and laser case studies, including semiconductor disk lasers (VECSELs), and the uses of diamond in lasers.