Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Date of this Version

2014

Citation

Laboratory Manual for Physics of Lasers and Modern Optics, 13th ed., 108 pages, © 2014, Stephen Ducharme, University of Nebraska.

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Copyright (c) 2014 Stephen Ducharme

Abstract

You will encounter challenging puzzles and explore new and exciting physical phenomena. You will be provided with sufficient tools, guidance and other resources, but what you learn depends on your inquisitiveness and creativity. This laboratory course is designed to serve two purposes: 1) To explore a variety of physical principles using the fascinating and diverse behavior of light. 2) To learn some of the principles behind the pervasive and expanding area of optical and laser technology. This course is suitable for students of science, life sciences, and engineering, or any student who is curious about light. The prerequisites are the level of quantitative sophomore Physics 142 or Physics 212 or an equivalent background covering basic electromagnetism and optics. A quantitative laboratory course in the sciences or in engineering is also a prerequisite. Lasers and modern optics is perhaps the fastest growing area of scientific research and technological development. Most professionals in physics, astronomy, other sciences, and most engineering disciplines will employ lasers or modern optical technology at some point in their careers. For example, lasers are used in astronomy, biology, chemistry, dentistry, entertainment, forestry, geology, holography, inspection, laproscopy, medicine, nuclear physics, ophthalmology, physics, recycling, surgery, telecommunications, urology, video, welding, xerography, zoology– the list goes on and on.

Experiment 1: ................................. Laser Safety

Experiment 2: ....................... Optical Detector Physics

Experiment 3: ................ Fundamentals of Laser Operation

Experiment 4: ........................... Geometrical Optics

Experiment 5: ................................. Polarization

Experiment 6: ............................. Gaussian Beams

Experiment 7: ............................... Optical Fibers

Experiment 8: .................... Semiconductor Diode Lasers

Experiment 9: ......................... Optical Spectrometers

Experiment 10: ............ Holography and Phase Conjugation

Experiment 11: ................. Electro- and Magneto-Optics

Experiment 12: ................... Doppler-Free Spectroscopy

Experiment 13: ................................ Coherence

Experiment 14: ............................... Interference

Experiment 15: ................ Diffraction and Fourier Optics

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