6.977 | Spring 2005 | Graduate
Ultrafast Optics


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


Introductory course in electromagnetism or optics (6.630 or 6.631 or equivalent)


10 Problem Sets and Term Paper

Collaboration on problem sets is encouraged.


Grades will be determined by 10 problem sets, which must be turned in, a term paper, and class participation. The formula that will be used to calculate your final grade is:

Problem Sets 40%
Term Paper 40%
Class Participation 20%

Course Policy


Collaboration on problem sets is permitted. However, you must list who you collaborated with when you hand in your problem sets. Groups may discuss the problems, strategies for solutions, etc. However, each person is expected to do all of the problems independently. You may not copy the problem solutions from other members in your group. Evidence of copying will be considered cheating.


Direct copying of text from other sources (books, review articles, etc.) on the term papers will be considered plagiarism. Reproduction of figures or data is permitted provided that the reference is cited.

Required Text

The detailed course notes written by Prof. Kärtner will serve as the required course text.

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

Svelto, Orazio. Principles of Lasers. 4th ed. New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1998. ISBN: 0306457482.

Additional References

Haus, Herman. Waves and Fields in Optoelectronics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1984. ISBN: 0139460535.

Allen, L., and J. H. Eberly. Optical Resonance and Two Level Atoms. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 1987. ISBN: 0486655334.

Meystre, Pierre, and Murray Sargent. *Elements of Quantum Optics. * 3rd ed. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1998. ISBN: 354064220X.

Diels, Jean-Claude, Wolfgang Rudolph, Paul Liao, and Paul Kelley. Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications on a Femtosecond Time Scale. Burlington, MA: Academic Press, 1996. ISBN: 0122154924.

Kärtner, F. X., ed. Topics in Applied Physics: Few-Cycle Laser Pulse Generation and Its Applications. Vol. 95. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2004. ISBN: 3540201157.

Course Info
As Taught In
Spring 2005