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Ultrafast Physics 1

Module PH2158

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2017/8

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
WS 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2016/7WS 2012/3

Basic Information

PH2158 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2019.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 30 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2158 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Reinhard Kienberger.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Das Modul umfasst Grundlagen der modernen Optik, der Laserphysik, insbesondere der Ultrakurzpulstechnik sowie Anwendungen ultrakurzer Laserpulse. Im speziellen wird auf nichtlineare Optik, Fourieroptik, Faseroptik und Femtosekunden-Pulserzeugung, -Verstärkung und -Charakterisierung eingegangen. Anwendungen von ultrakurzen Pulsen in der Spektroskopie, Mikroskopie und Materialbearbeitung werden vorgestellt.

Learning Outcome

Nach erfolgreicher Teilnahme an diesem Modul ist der / die Studierende in der Lage die:

1. Die methoden der nichlineare Optik und Laserphysik zu verstehen und auf probleme der Erzeugung, Vesrtärkung und Charakterisierung ultrakurer Laserimpulsen anzuwenden.

2. Die Fourieroptik bei Problemen der optischen Abbildung und moderne Mikroskopie anzuwenden.

3. Die Ausbreitung ultrakurzer Lichtpulsen in Glasfasern zu verstehen.

4. Die verschiedene Methoden der zeitaugelösten Laserspektroskopie zu kennen.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Thematically structured lecture, direct demonstration of the contents learned by visits at the laboratories of the chair of laser and x-ray physics at the end of the lecture. Excursion to a large scale scientific facility.


Power Point (expecially figures) + Blackboard writing for explaining formulas.


Saleh, Teich: Fundamentals of Photonics.

Reider, Photonik

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2159: Ultrakurzzeitphysik 2 / Ultrafast Physics 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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