Fundamentals of LASERs

1) INTRODUCTION

2) OPTICAL RESONATORS
-Resonator geometries
-Resonator losses
-Longitudinal and transverse modes

3) ATOM-PHOTON INTERACTION
-Spontaneous emission
-Absorption and stimulated emission
-Emission lineshape and line broadening

4) LIGHT AMPLIFICATION
-Amplifier gain
-Amplifier rate equations
-Pumping schemes

5) THEORY OF LASER OSCILLATION
-Optical amplification and feedback
-Conditions for laser oscillation
-Properties of laser output
-Pulsed lasers

6) LASER SYSTEMS
-Gas lasers
-Solid-state lasers
-Semicondutctor lasers
-Other lasers

7) GENERAL APPLICATIONS OF LASERS
-Scientific
-Military
-Medical
-Industrial/commercial

8) SPACE APPLICATIONS OF LASERS 
-Laser communications 
-Environmental/remote laser sensing
-Gravitational waves detection in astronomy