Solid-State Lasers (SUPASSL)

Lecturer: Alan Kemp

Institution: Strathclyde

Hours Equivalent Credit: 14

Assessment: Assessed tutorial assignment

Course Summary

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, eg 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.