387.043 Modern solid-state lasers
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2018W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

Knowledge of operation principles of modern solid-state lasers (including fiber lasers) and their typical paramaters, of the optical and material properties of active media; familiarity with main applications in industry, medicine, telecommunications and science.

Subject of course

Solid-state lasers are broadly used nowadays in telecommunications, industry, medicine and science. Long-distance communication or modern car plants are now unthinkable without solid-state lasers. They operate in many important spectral regions and offer stability, efficiency and compactness. Most importantly, they provide the highest power, best beam quality, the broadest tuning range, the highest pulse energy, and the shortest pulses, which are generally inaccessible for other types of lasers. Some most recent advances like femtochemistry or attophysics have only become possible owing to the solid-state lasers. The lecture course starts with the introduction of principles of laser action as well as the optical and electronic properties of laser materials, using mainly the semi-classical approach. After a brief review of design principles and operation regimes, the connection between the material parameters and laser properties is explained in detail. We consider all modern solid-state lasers, starting from broadband lasers suitable for ultrashortpulse generation till fixed-wavelength high-power kW-class lasers, especially fiber lasers. Finally we make a market overview and discuss some applications of lasers and advanced laser technologies in industry and science.

Additional information

We shall adjust the lecture schedule at the fisrt meeting (Vorbesprechung).



Course dates

Wed15:00 - 16:0010.10.2018Seminarraum 387 Vorbesprechung
Wed14:00 - 16:0017.10.2018 - 23.01.2019Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu15:00 - 17:0018.10.2018 - 24.01.2019Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Modern solid-state lasers - Single appointments
Wed10.10.201815:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorbesprechung
Wed17.10.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu18.10.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed07.11.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu08.11.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed14.11.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed21.11.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu22.11.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed28.11.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu29.11.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed05.12.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu06.12.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed12.12.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu13.12.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed19.12.201814:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu20.12.201815:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed09.01.201914:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu10.01.201915:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Wed16.01.201914:00 - 16:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Thu17.01.201915:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Vorlesung
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.10.2018 11:00 02.11.2018 12:00



Lecture notes for this course are available.

Previous knowledge

Electrical Engineering students should first take "Photonik 1" or equivalent. Physics students are expected to have knowledge of optics and atomic physics.