Introduction to Lasers

1-1 Elements and Operation of a Laser
1-2 Elements and Operation of an Optical Power Meter
1-3 Introduction to Laser Safety
1-4 Properties of Light
1-5 Emission and Absorption of Light
1-6 Lasing Action
1-7 Optical Cavities and Modes of Oscillation
1-8 Temporal Characteristics of Lasers
1-9 Spatial Characteristics of Lasers
1-10 Helium-Neon Gas Laser: A Case Study
1-11 Laser Classifications and Characteristics

Laser Technology

3-1 Power Sources for CW Lasers
3-2 Pulsed Laser Flashlamps and Power Supplies
3-3 Energy Transfer in Solid-State Lasers
3-4 CW Nd: YAG Laser Systems
3-5 Pulsed Solid-State Laser Systems
3-6 Energy Transfer in Ion Lasers
3-7 Argon Laser Systems
3-8 Energy Transfer in Molecular Lasers
3-9 CO2 Laser Systems
3-10 Liquid Dye Lasers
3-11 Semiconductor Lasers
3-12 Laser Q-Switching - Giant Pulses
3-13 Measurements of Laser Outputs
3-14 Laser Safety: Hazards Evaluation


Laser Electronics

4-1 Electrical Safety
4-2 Gas Laser Poser Supplies
4-3 Ion Laser Power Supplies
4-4 Flashlamps for Pulsed Lasers and Flashlamp Power Supplies
4-5 Arc-Lamp Power Supplies
4-6 Diode Laser Power Supplies
4-7 Electro-Optic and Acousto-Optic Devices
4-8 Optical Detectors
4-9 Electro-Optic Instrumentation of a Laser

Laser and Electro-Optic Components

6-1 Optical Tables and Benches
6-2 Component Supports
6-3 Photographic Recording Mediums
6-4 Windows
6-5 Mirrors and Etalons
6-6 Filters and Beam Splitters
6-7 Prisms
6-8 Lenses
6-9 Gratings
6-10 Polarizers
6-11 Nonlinear Materials


Laser/Electro-Optic Measurements

10-1 Spectrometers
10-2 Monochromators
10-3 Spectrophotometers
10-4 Michelson Interferometers
10-5 Fabry-Perot Interferometers
10-6 Twyman-Green Interferometers
10-7 Mach-Zehnder Interferometers
10-8 Spatial Resolution of Optical Systems


Applications in Photonics and Telecommunications

Module 1: CW Nd: YAG Laser Systems
Module 2: Pulsed Solid-State Laser Systems
Module 3: Semiconductor Lasers
Module 4: Photodetector Characteristics
Module 5: Laser Information Systems
Module 6: Laser Distance Measurement
Module 7: Laser Trackers and Alignment Systems
Module 8: Laser/Fiber-Optic Communication Systems

About LEOT

The LEOT curriculum was developed by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) in 1970-1974 with funding from the U.S. Office of Education. At that time many books on lasers were available for physicists and engineers. Those books contained the rigorous theoretical information needed to develop new designs and applications for lasers. The LEOT curriculum does not provide that kind of information.

The LEOT curriculum is written for the technicians who will build, modify, install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair lasers. Technicians are a vital link in the advancement of photonics technology. They are the workers in the laboratories, plants and fields who ensure that lasers, and other photonics related equipment, operate properly and reliably.

To Order LEOT Materials

The current Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LEOT) curriculum materials are available in print from the Center For Occupational Research and Development (CORD) in Waco, Texas. For more information on ordering and/or a full list of LEOT modules, call the customer relations department at CORD: 1-800-231-3015. 

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