Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF Level 11
Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School
Quantitative treatment of laser physics embracing both classical and semiclassical approaches; transient/dynamic behaviour of laser oscillators including relaxation oscillations, amplitude and phase modulation, frequency switching, Q-switching, cavity dumping and mode locking; design analysis of optically-pumped solid state lasers; laser amplifiers including continuous-wave, pulsed and regenerative amplification; dispersion and gain in a laser oscillator - role of the macroscopic polarisation; unstable optical resonators, geometric and diffraction treatments; quantum mechanical description of the gain medium; coherent processes including Rabi oscillations; semiclassical treatment of the laser; tunable lasers.
Pre-requisite(s): Pre-requisites are compulsory unless you are on a taught postgraduate programme. . Before taking this module you must pass PH3007 and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062. It is recommended that you take PH4034 with this module.
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH5180
Weekly contact: 4 lectures or tutorials.
Scheduled learning hours: 40
Guided independent study hours: 110
As used by St Andrews: 2.5-hour (open notes) Examination = 100%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7
Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php
This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.
Module coordinator: Dr B D Sinclair
Module teaching staff: Dr B Sinclair, Dr H Ohadi, Dr L O'Faolain