
Program outcomes and how they are covered by the specific course outcomes 



(a) 
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Understand the difference between plane waves and finite optical beams.Understand why finite beams diffract.Understand properties of Gaussian beams and higher order HermiteGaussian modes. 



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Understand resonant modes of an optical cavity,the ABCD law for Gaussian beams as applied to free space and optical cavities.Appreciate the stability criterion based on the ray matrix approach. 



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Understand collisional and radiative processes that determine the level populations in atoms. 



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Appreciate the Boltzman relation, blackbody radiation, Einsteinï¿½s relationships and line shape functions. 



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Know the laser oscillation condition.Rate equations for a two level atom. 



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Work out the small signal gain coefficient and the pumping required ,the threshold gain coefficient. 



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Understand why the gain saturates differently in homogeneously and inhomogeneously broadened media. 



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Understand the concepts of hole burning , three and four level systems. 



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Understand the difference between C.W.,Qswitched,and modelocked lasers. 



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Appreciate why and how lasers are Qswitched. 



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Appreciate why and how lasers are actively and passively mode locked. 



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Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing the analytical skills learned in class. 

  

(b) 
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Understand the difference between C.W.,Qswitched,and modelocked lasers. 



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Appreciate why and how lasers are Qswitched. 



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Appreciate why and how lasers are actively and passively mode locked. 



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Appreciate different kinds of lasers and what they are used for. 

  

(e) 
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Understand the difference between plane waves and finite optical beams.Understand why finite beams diffract.Understand properties of Gaussian beams and higher order HermiteGaussian modes. 



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Understand resonant modes of an optical cavity,the ABCD law for Gaussian beams as applied to free space and optical cavities.Appreciate the stability criterion based on the ray matrix approach. 



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Understand collisional and radiative processes that determine the level populations in atoms. 



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Understand the difference between C.W.,Qswitched,and modelocked lasers. 

  

(h) 
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Appreciate different kinds of lasers and what they are used for. 

  

(i) 
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Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing the analytical skills learned in class. 



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Opportunities to interact weekly with the instructor and the teaching assistant(s) during office hours and discussion sections in order to further the students' learning experience and the students' interest in the material. 

  

(m) 
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Appreciate the Boltzman relation, blackbody radiation, Einsteinï¿½s relationships and line shape functions. 



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Know the laser oscillation condition.Rate equations for a two level atom. 



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Work out the small signal gain coefficient and the pumping required ,the threshold gain coefficient. 



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Understand why the gain saturates differently in homogeneously and inhomogeneously broadened media. 

  

(n) 
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Understand collisional and radiative processes that determine the level populations in atoms. 



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Appreciate the Boltzman relation, blackbody radiation, Einsteinï¿½s relationships and line shape functions. 



¤ 
Know the laser oscillation condition.Rate equations for a two level atom. 



¤ 
Work out the small signal gain coefficient and the pumping required ,the threshold gain coefficient. 



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Understand why the gain saturates differently in homogeneously and inhomogeneously broadened media. 

  