Light Sources and Gas Laser
Module version of SS 2018 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|SS 2018||SS 2017||SS 2011|
PH2024 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||30 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2024 is Andreas Ulrich.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module provides an introduction to the physics and technique of light sources and gas lasers.
First, the physical fundamentals of atomic physics, such as the description of optical transitions and collision excitation of the atomic shell, and the fundamentals of molecular physics are repeated and extended and refined for application to gas lasers and light sources. There gas kinetic processes, such as recombination, energy and charge transfer and their quantiative description by rate equations will be presented. On the basis of these basic mechanisms the wide range of light sources is shown, with a focus on gas-discharge light sources.
After that, the main laser schemes of gas lasers are discussed and their practical construction is explained, with the emphasis on technical relevant lasers. In the last part of the lecture, the current research in the area of excimer lasers and incoherent excimer light sources are discussed. If possible, an excursion, for example a visit of a laser manufacturer, will be organized to get insight into industry research.
After successful completion of this module, the student is able to
- associate the lines or bands in the emission spectra of atoms and molecules
- to understand gas-kinetic processes and to describe it quantitatively with the help of rate equations,
- to understand the underlying physics and the technical function of incoherent gas discharge light source
- to apply the gas-kinetic processes in order to understand the functioning of the gas laser schemes
- to design laser resonators and laser optics
- to understand the current issue in the development of novel light sources and gas lasers and their applications, with the focus on excimer physics and vacuum ultraviolet radiation.
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, beamer and blackboard presentation, discussion
- Standard-Lehrbücher der Plasmaphysik und Optik,
- CRC Handbook of Lasers,
- Wiesemann: Einführung in die Gaselektronik,
- Lengyel: Lasers,
- Ch. Rhodes: Excimerlaser,
- Eastham: Atomic Physics of Lasers,
- Publikationen der Arbeitsgruppe zu VUV Excimerlichtquellen und deren Anwendung