Course Offering on Solid State Laser Technology

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Hi everyone,
  I just wanted to pass this along from Michael Maikowski at Coherent. Feel free to pass along to colleagues/lab members.

Coherent & SPIE are offering an opportunity to enroll in a SPIE sanctioned on-line course on Laser Technology & Applications at no charge. Normally $950/person, this nine-part course (~9 hrs of instruction) will hopefully not only relieve some of the teaching burden many instructors are facing right now, but also give your students the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of lasers. Students will dive into the deeper details of lasers, laser technology, and their applications, not often covered in 1st year graduate physics/optics courses, and can use this course to supplement their existing photonics knowledge base. A course exam is provided for you and your class, as well as a certificate of completion if wish to distribute.

Course Description - Solid State Laser Technology
This course provides an overview of the design, performance characteristics and the current state of the art of solid state lasers and devices. The course reviews the laser-relevant properties of key solid state materials, and discusses the design principles for flashlamp pumped and diode-pumped solid state lasers in cw, pulsed, Q-switched and modelocked operation. Solid state media emphasized include primary transitions in Nd and Yb-doped crystals but mid-IR materials such as Tm, Ho and Er-doped fluorides will be briefly addressed as well. The course will cover the fundamental scaling laws for power, energy and beam quality for various geometries of the gain medium (rod, slab, disk, fiber) and pumping arrangements (side and end-pumped) and compares the advantages/disadvantages of the different gain geometries. Important technical advances (such as diode pump developments)) that allowed the technology to mature into diverse industrial and biomedical OEM devices as well as high power and scientific applications will be highlighted along with some remaining design and performance challenges. Topics also include nonlinear frequency conversion techniques, such as second and third harmonic generation, and parametric processes, commonly used in solid state lasers to extend operation to alternative spectral regimes. The course concludes with an overview of currently available laser types and their applications and summarizes recent R&D and power scaling results
This course will enable you to:
- understand the significant laser-relevant properties of solid state laser materials
- acquire an up-to-date overview of solid state laser materials, components, resonators and applications
- understand how thermal properties limit power scaling and beam quality in practical laser systems
- understand the design criteria for solid state lasers in cw and pulsed operation
- learn about the design methodology of Q-switched and modelocked lasers
- understand the properties, advantages and limitations of different high power solid state laser configurations, including fibers
- become familiar with design principles for solid state lasers with second and third harmonic generation, parametric oscillators and amplifiers
- develop an appreciation of the scope, depth and pace of technical progress of the state-of-the art of solid state lasers in the UV, visible, IR and mid-IR wavelengths range

Instructions for signing up:

1.) Please to go here: .  The course is normally $950/person, but you can obtain the Promotional Code from the Coherent web site.  Online Course PromoCode Access
2.) From that Coherent page, you can click to the SPIE registration page (there is a link right below the code).
3.) Once at the SPIE SHOPPING CART,  below the standard $950 price total is where you enter the PROMOTIONAL CODE.   The price should change to $0.00.  Finish registering.
4.) From there you will get an email with the link to the course.
5.) Upon completion of the course material, you can give your student(s) the attached quiz if you like.
6.) A certificate of completion will be available for your participants if you want one, but be advised it will be on the honor system, as there is no way for SPIE to verify completion.

You can send any feedback to: Michael Maikowski <[hidden email]>



David Entenberg, Ph.D.
Director of Technology Development
Director of Integrated Imaging
Integrated Imaging Program
The Innovation Lab
Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center
Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Room: Price 202
Bronx, NY 10461
Email: [hidden email]