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PHY 355: Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

Fall Semester

 

This course is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students having some previous exposure to the field of optics, and wishing to become knowledgeable in the basic principles that govern the operation of lasers and the light-matter interaction effects collectively known as nonlinear optics.

After this course you will be able to understand and analyze the nonlinear optical effects that laser beams induce in transparent materials and that are of the second order and of the third order in the optical electric field. If faced with a new phenomenon or effect, you will be able to analyze it with the tools presented in this course and understand its origins and implications.



PHY 21: Covering Electromagnetic Effects

Spring Semester

 

This course is an introduction to the physical description of electromagnetic effects as have been developed after Newton and before Einstein in the mid-nineteenth century. The course spans from the utilitarian introduction of calculation methods to determine magnetic and electric forces or currents, to the description of the basic principles of physics that govern electromagnetic effects, striking a balance between providing the basic instruction that will serve as a prerequisite for the future career of all students and giving an informative overview of this branch of physics and its relationship with other more advanced topics.



PHY 474: Seminar in Modern Physics

Summer Session

 

This is a seminar course that reviews current topics of research in the wide field of measurement technologies, data analysis, or light-matter interaction.

Topics for the seminars will be discussed in an organizational meeting, taken from modern literature or research activities. Students will then prepare a paper and a presentation for two different topics. We will discuss in general the best ways to communicate scientific results, and how abstracts, papers, and other materials must be produced, including choices of software. After each presentation, there will be a question and answer session, and a discussion about the quality of the presentation and of the paper, and about how they can be improved.

In this course you will learn about current research activities, but you will also learn how to create good scientific presentations for conferences and seminars, and how to write good scientific papers. The stress is on both understanding and in-depth discussion and criticism of the materials that are presented, as well as in improving the ability of the individual presenter to communicate scientific results in oral, graphical, and/or written form.

 




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