6.638 Ultrafast Optics
Detailed exposition of the principles involved in ultrashort pulse generation, propagation, and characterization. Linear and nonlinear pulse shaping processes are discussed. Optical solitons, pulse compression. Laser principles: Single- and multimode-laser dynamics, Q-switching and mode-locking: active and passive model-locking mechanisms. Noise in mode-locked lasers and its limitations imposed on measurements. Laser amplifiers. Optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators. Applications in research and industry, such as various pump-probe techniques, optical imaging, frequency metrology, High Harmonic Generation, Attosecond pulse generation.
6.638 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by F. X. Kaertner.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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