SE3117 Laser Systems Engineering

This course describes the engineering design and development of laser systems for practical applications.  Fundamental systems engineering concepts of conceptualization, design, fabrication, integration, test, and operational use and support are applied to laser systems. This course addresses the components of laser systems, fundamentals of laser operation, the characteristics of different types of lasers, and how these concepts are combined to design laser systems.  Emphasis is on the design and engineering of laser systems for specific applications and on factors that influence practical laser operation, rather than on the fundamental physical principles of lasers. The course applies needs analysis, requirements analysis, definition of technical performance metrics, feasibility and trade studies, alternatives analysis, and systems design to laser and optical systems. The course covers laser integration, test, and operational challenges, such as cooling and power needs, atmospheric effects, calibration and optical system testing, and specialized handling and maintenance.

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  • As Required