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PHY1485H S (FAS PHY485H)
Laser Physics

Official description

Interference effects in coherent light requires a description beyond ray optics or simple plane waves. The first half of this course builds on your foundation of electromagetic theory and basic optics to develop advanced topics such as interference, spatial coherence, temporal coherence, and diffraction of light. The second half of the course discusses lasers, which are the brightest sources of coherent radiation. Our treatment includes Gaussian beams, resonant cavities, threshold criteria, the Lorentz model of the atom, and a comparison to thermal radiation.

This cross listed course is offered at together with PHY485F. For course schedule please see: Laser Physics

                            Several reference texts plus course notes; see e.g., 
Laser Physics by Peter W. Milonni and Joseph H. Eberly (Wiley, 2010) (Available online UTLibraries), and course notes
course title
PHY1485H S (FAS PHY485H)
cross listed course
time and location
Lecture: Mon, 1 pm, MP 137; and Wed, 1 pm, SS 2102
Thywissen, Joseph
Joseph Thywissen