Academic Catalog


Course Code: 2300752
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Physics
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
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Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Content

Classical theory of absorption and dispersion, elementary quantum theory of light-matter interactions, rate equations, absorption, transition dipole moment, local density of states, spontaneous emission, stimulated emission, line shape functions, broadening mechanisms (collision, Doppler, lifetime), analysis of 2-, 3-, 4-, level systems, optimal amplification, gain and saturation. Gaussian optics: Derivation of Gaussian electromagnetic beams, application of matrix transformation to Gaussian beams, and beam characterization, introduction to basic Fourier optics: Optical resonators and cavities: resonant modes and frequencies of an optical resonator. Introduction to nonlinear optics.