6.974 / 6.097 Fundamentals of Photonics: Quantum Electronics

Spring 2006

Octave Spanning, 5 Femtosecond Ti:sapphire Laser.
Octave Spanning, 5 Femtosecond Ti:sapphire Laser. MIT - Ultrafast Optics Laboratory. (Image courtesy of Richard Ell. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes. Quizzes and the final exam are also available in the exams section.

Course Description

This course explores the fundamentals of optical and optoelectronic phenomena and devices based on classical and quantum properties of radiation and matter culminating in lasers and applications. Fundamentals include: Maxwell's electromagnetic waves, resonators and beams, classical ray optics and optical systems, quantum theory of light, matter and its interaction, classical and quantum noise, lasers and laser dynamics, continuous wave and short pulse generation, light modulation; examples from integrated optics and semiconductor optoelectronics and nonlinear optics.
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Prof. Franz Kaertner

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate