Main lecturer

Mail address

Phone number

Stefan HACCKE, Professor, office XXX,

+33 (0)3 88 10 71 71

Other instructor(s)



Track - Year - Option - Semester

Coefficient = ECTS



Engineer - 2Y G Dpt Physique - S8

Master - 1Y PhyNano G + HCI - S2

1.4  / 1.8

17.50h CM



Authorized documents

      If yes, which ones :

School calculator authorized

Session 1

CI + CT 1h30

Homework and written exam



Session 2

to complete

Yes / No

Yes / No


Physics of vibrations and waves. Basics of quantum physics. Mathematics for Engineers : complex variables. Solving of second order differential equations. Matrix calculation. Electromagnetism, laser, non linear optics.

Lecture goals

• Present the principles of laser emission and the different conditions for implementation of light amplification.

• Present the properties of laser beams and the main types of lasers in relation with their applications.

Detailed outline

Chap. I- Basics of light-matter Interaction

Chap. II- Radiation Amplification and Oscillation

Chap. III- Electronic and optical Pomping

Chap. IV- Optical Cavity.

Chap. V- Transverses modes of laser radiation.

Chap. VI- Longitudinal modes of laser radiation.

Chap. VII.- General Characteristics of lasers. Example of applications.


Homework will be proposed to familiarize the students with the physics of lasers. Part of this work will be evaluated and taken into account for the final grade. The principle introduced in this course are illustrated in the practical training in experimental physics.

Acquired skills

After completion of this course, the student will be able to identify the properties of a particular laser ; he(she) will be able to compare the given parameters with the corresponding theoretical values. He(she) will also be able to modelize a light amplifier, evaluate the expected gain using the intrinsic parameters of the active material. The student will be able to relate the properties of a laser with the accessories introduced inside the cavity.

Visits of laser facilities will allow to get a practical representation of laser and laser systems, in particular for applications in measurements and material processing.