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Physics (PHYS)

Department of Physics
Faculty of Science

PHYS 4208 [0.5 credit]

Modern Optics

Electromagnetic wave propagation; reflection, refraction; Gaussian beams and guided waves. Laser theory: stimulated emission, cavity optics, modes, gain and bandwidth; atomic and molecular lasers. Mode locking, Q switching. Diffraction theory, coherence, Fourier optics, holography, laser applications. Optical communication systems, nonlinear effects: devices, fibre sensors, integrated optics.
Also offered at the graduate level, with different requirements, as PHYS 5318 for which additional credit is precluded.
Prerequisites: PHYS 2202, PHYS 3606 (or PHYS 3608), and PHYS 3308 or permission of the Department.
Lectures three hours a week.

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