6.977 | Spring 2005 | Graduate
Ultrafast Optics

Lecture Notes

These lecture notes serve as the required course text. They are presented in the table below to approximate the chronology of topics and themes listed on the calendar.

The complete set of lecture notes is also available as a single file. (PDF - 9MB)

LEC # TOPICS LECTURE NOTES

1

Introduction to Ultrafast Optics

Chapter 1 (PDF)

2-4

Maxwell-Bloch Equation

Two-Level Atoms and Rabi Flopping

Dispersion, Absorption, Gain

Chapter 2 (PDF)

5-8

Nonlinear Pulse Propogation

Pulse Compression

Self-Phase Modulation (SPM) and Solitons

Soliton Pertubation Theory

Chapter 3 (PDF - 2.4 MB)

9-10

Rate Equations and Relaxation Oscillation

Q-Switching

Chapter 4 (PDF)

11

Master Equation and Active Mode-Locking

Chapter 5 (PDF)

12-13

Passive Mode-Locking with Fast Saturable Absorbers

Passive Mode-Locking with Slow Saturable Absorbers

Chapter 6 (PDF)

14-15

Artificial Saturable Absorber Mode-Locking (APM and KLM)

Kerr-Lens Mode-Locking (KLM)

Chapter 7 (PDF - 1.0 MB)

16

Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mode-Locking

Chapter 8 (PDF)

17-18

Pulse Characterization I - Autocorrelation

Pulse Characterization II - FROG and SPIDER

Chapter 10 (PDF)

19-20

Noise in Mode-Locked Lasers

Frequency Metrology

Chapter 9 (PDF)

21

Ultrafast Measurement Techniques

Chapter 11 (PDF)

22

Pulse Amplification

Chapter 12 (PDF)

23

Optical Parametric Amplification (OPA) and Optical Parametric Oscillation (OPO)

No notes provided

24

Broadband Parametric Amplification

No notes provided

25

High-Harmonic Generation and Seeded Free-Electron Lasers

No notes provided

26

Ultrafast Optics Group Lab Tour

No notes provided
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