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PH5005   Laser Physics and Design

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School

Planned timetable: To be arranged

Quantitative treatment of laser physics including rate equations; transient/dynamic behaviour of laser oscillators including relaxation oscillations, Q-switching, cavity dumping and mode locking; single-frequency selection and frequency scanning, design analysis of optically-pumped solid state lasers; laser amplifiers; unstable optical resonators, geometric and diffraction treatments. An emphasis is placed on how understanding of the laser physics can be used to design useful laser systems.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3007 and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH5180 or take PH4034

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 4 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 40

Guided independent study hours: 110

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2.5-hour (open notes) Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via 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 (TBC)