Aiming at the global aspects of lasers (principally solid-state lasers), lasers curricular unit will focus on the most important laser design concepts so that the students can understand and apply laser fundamentals to both their analyses and solar-pumped solid-state laser experiments in laboratory session.  Students are expected to gain laser theory, up-to-date laser knowledge and essential laser design skills. Lasers curricular unit will enhance the interests of students on laser engineering by stressing the importance of innovation for successful engineering students.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Dawei Liang


Weekly - 3

Total - 42

Teaching language



Applied Optics


1. Solid-State Laser Engineering

Sixth Revised and Updated Edition, Walter Koechner



 2. Related Publications on Solar-Pumped Lasers, also uploaded on CLIP

Teaching method

Lecture 1h + Laboratory Session 2h

Evaluation method

60% Theoretical Examination + 20% Laboratory Sessions and Reports Evaluations + 20% ONLINE Laboratory Sessions and Reports Evaluations

Subject matter

Brief introduction to laser history, laser types and laser applications. Basic laser principles like absorption, population inversion, laser oscillators, resonant cavity stability criteria, laser active media, laser efficiencies and laser output powers will be discussed in the lecture sessions. Many homemade solid-sate laser pump cavities will all be demonstrated during laboratory sessions. Brief introductions to lamp-pumped, diode-pumped, fiber laser and thin-disk lasers will permit an enhanced knowledge about solid-state lasers. 60%  is attributed to laser theory examination. The  laboratory session (20%) with solar-pumped laser experiments along with laser beam profile diagnostics will deepen considerably the student´s knowledge about laser engineering. Other 20% are based on student´s reports on  ONLINE practical sessions during the whole semester.


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