Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student is expected to be able to explain the optical phenomena considered in the course and the operation principles of the considered laser systems, apply the derived theoretical models to solving standard practical problems of laser physics, design and model typical cw and pulsed laser systems, and design and model new lasers and laser amplifiers based on known optical gain media.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.02.2024 - 06.06.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Andriy Shevchenko

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course introduces physical foundations for lasers, including light-matter interaction phenomena, propagation of laser beams, laser resonators, rate equations for lasers, transient laser phenomena, principles and characteristics of cw and pulsed lasers, and some topical laser applications as a case study. The course contains lectures, exercise sessions and exam.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The final grade is calculated from the lecture quizzes (5 %), home exercises (25 %), and exam (70 %).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    135 h in total (42 contact hours and 93 hours of independent work)

    Lectures 22 h + reading the lecture material 30 h

    Exercise sessions 20 h + home exercises 40 h

    Independent study 20 h

    Exam 3 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Spring IV - V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu (