EET 161 - Fundamentals of Light & Lasers

Course Description

This course introduces the elements of a laser, operation of a helium-neon gas laser, laser physics, optical-cavities, properties of laser light and a survey of laser systems. Safety procedures concerning lasers and related equipment are presented in this course. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

MTH 23 or higher

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Quantitative Reasoning

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the correct terminology used when describing the interaction of light and matter.
  • Apply fundamental rules governing the propagation of light through materials.
  • Calculate geometric angles and intensities of light as it interacts with the surface of materials.
  • Complete laboratory exercises using photonics equipment.
  • Present applications of light and used in manufacturing and typical daily activities based on their research.
  • Describe the requirements and constraints inherent to the application of light to other disciplines.
Human Dimension:
  • Develop proper terminology required to interact with other professionals established in photonics (light and Laser) related fields.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Appreciate the safety aspects of using lasers.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Recognize the needs of emerging job markets and highly technical fields relating to lasers.