PH 150 Lasers / PH 249 Special Topics in Plasmas - Lasers

This course is a basic introduction to lasers - what they are, how they work and a little about their uses. It is based on a longer 2 quarter series previously taught by the instructor elsewhere. It is intended as both a general breadth course for non-specialists and as the first course for students planning further study in lasers. The treatment is limited primarily to steady-state behavior and use classical models for atomic transitions. Little quantum mechanics background is required. While a full treatment of the subject of lasers would span more than a year, those taking this course will learn enough fundamentals to enable self study of additional laser related topics.