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EECS 438: Advanced Lasers and Optics Laboratory

Instructor: Almantas Galvanauskas

The objective of this course is to provide students with individual laboratory practice as well as with team-work experience in solving open-ended problems in lasers and optics. The course consists of two parts: a lasers and photonics laboratory, and a major design experience in lasers and photonics.

No textbook required, suggested references include:

  • Frank L Pedrotti, Leno M Pedrotti, Leno S Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics, Prentice Hall, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions,2006.
  • E. Hecht, Optics, Addison-Wesley. Co, editions: 1987, 1989, 1998, 2002.
  • Bahaa E.A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich, Photonics, Wiley, 1991.


  1. Geometrical Optics and imaging
  2. Optical System Design using ZEEMAX software package
  3. Light Diffraction phenomena
  4. Light Polarization and applications for optical display technologies
  5. Light Coherence and Interference and their use for Optical Coherence
  6. Tomography Imaging
  7. Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
  8. Major Design Experience (~7 weeks)