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PHY485H1/1485HLaser Physics

Course Title PHY485H1/1485H
Session fall
Year of Study 4th year
Time and Location 24L: M10, MP134 and R10, Room: MP137
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Robin  Marjoribanks


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 electromagnetic 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.


Prerequisite: PHY350H1, PHY358H1, PHY385H1/ECE318H1
Co-requisite: n.a.
Exclusion: n.a.
Recommended preparation: n.a.
Textbook Laser Physics by Peter W. Milonni and Joseph H. Eberly (Wiley, 2010)