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SCP7081800, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC2382, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF MATTER [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination OPTICS AND LASER PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge TIZIANA CESCA FIS/03

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/03 Material Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 20/01/2014 30/11/2020 CESCA TIZIANA (Presidente)
MATTEI GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
MAURIZIO CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Topics learned in basic courses of Mathematics and Physics.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to acquire a basic knowledge of the principles of optics and laser physics. Some more advanced topics in quantum optics will be presented.
Examination methods: The exam is written and comprieses two exercizes and one open question.
Assessment criteria: The ability of the student to solve quantitatively some problems in optics and laser physics will be evaluated as well as the capability to critically discuss on a specific argument.
Course unit contents: Classical optics:
- propagation of electromagnetic waves;
- polarization, birefringence, interference and diffraction;
- geometrical optics and matrix method; main optical instruments;

- the laser idea and proprieties of laser beams;
- absorption, spontaneous emission, stimulated emission;
- gain and population inversion;
- optical cavities and pumping;
- cw lasers;
- pulsed lasers: Q-switch and mode-locking;
- examples of main different laser types: gas lasers, solid-state lasers

Introduction to Quantum Optics:
- Photon statistics
- buching and antibuching;
- weak and strong coupling: Purcell effect and Rabi splitting.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of theoretical lessons part of which are dedicated to the guided solution of specific exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Powerpoint slides will be presented during the class in some cases which will be made available for the students within the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. A. Bennett, Principles of Physical Optics. --: Wiley, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • O. Svelto, Principles of Lasers. --: Plenum Press, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Fox, Quantum Optics: an introduction. --: Oxford University Press, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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