6.977 Ultrafast Optics

Spring 2005

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 homework assignments and an extensive set of lecture notes.

Course Description

This course is offered to graduate students and addresses issues regarding ultrafast optics. Topics covered include: Generation, propagation and applications of ultrashort pulses (nano-, pico-, femto-, attosecond pulses); Linear and nonlinear pulse shaping processes: Optical solitons, Pulse compression; Laser principles: Single- and multi-mode laser dynamics, Q-switching, Active and passive mode-locking; Pulse characterization: Autocorrelation, FROG, SPIDER; Noise in mode-locked lasers and its limitations in measurements; Laser amplifiers, optical parametric amplifiers, and oscillators; Applications in research and industry: Pump-probe techniques, Optical imaging, Frequency metrology, Laser ablation, High harmonic generation.
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Prof. Franz Kärtner

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session