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PHY 395K PHY 395K. Nonlinear Optics and Lasers. 3 Hours.

Gaussian beam optics, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, semiclassical laser theory, experimental laser systems, nonlinear optical susceptibilities, harmonic generation, wave mixing, electro-optic and acousto-optic effects, coherent transient effects, optical breakdown, laser-plasma interactions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and either Physics 387K and 389K or consent of instructor.