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PH5193   Laser Physics

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: This module is available only for those in the Engineering Doctorate in Applied Photonics and the MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Tue, Wed, Thu

This module presents a description of the main physical concepts upon which an understanding of laser materials, operations, and applications can be based. These concepts include a treatment of light-matter interaction, absorption and refractive index, rate-equation theory of lasers, gain and its saturation, frequency selection and tuning in lasers, transient phenomena, resonator and beam optics, and the principles and techniques of ultrashort pulse generation and measurement.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.6 hours lectures (10 weeks), 1 hour tutorial (4 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 31

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2.5-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 80%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 20%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7 = 100%

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
Module coordinator email