Build a laser, 'catch' a photon, change the color of light,
Explore coherence, miniature lasers, a device to see in the night.
'Instant' holograms, fiber optics, new computer displays.
CD players, remote controls, use lasers in multiple ways.
Earn university credit and have fun with photons!
Who: Students of physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, meteorology-all science and engineer-ing majors. Prerequisites: Physics 142 or 212, plus a laboratory course in Science or Engineering, or instructor permission.
What: An introduction to the physical principles and techniques of lasers and modern optics through hands-on laboratory exploration. Required experiments: laser safety, fundamentals of laser operation, optical detector physics. Choose four from: geometrical optics, polarization, Gaussian beams, coherence, diffraction, diode lasers, interferometry, holography, fiber optics, interference, spectrometers, atomic spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, liquid crystals.