- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Engineering
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
Laser Fundamentals and Laser Applications course.
4 lectures per week
80% Degree examination
20% Written report
Main Assessment In: December
Laser Fundamentals: to provide students with a clear understanding of the behaviour of light and its interaction with optical materials; basic laser theory; some examples of engineering metrological applications of lasers.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students should be able to:
■ describe the fundamental physics of electromagnetism and how it propagates through space;
■ apply the basic physics to design beam handling systems;
■ describe the fundamentals of the design of laser devices;
■ write the specification of a laser for a particular application;
■ appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of engineering systems;
■ describe the nature of light and its interaction with a range of optical materials;
■ apply basic optical principles to the choice and design of simple optical systems;
■ describe the process of laser operation and the role of basic subsystems;
evaluate the use and appropriateness of lasers for some common engineering metrology applications.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.
Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.
Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.
Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates. Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report