Technical Conference:
13 – 18 May 2018
15 – 17 May 2018

SC361 - Coherent MidInfrared Sources and Applications

Sunday, 14 May
08:30 - 12:30

Short Course Level: Intermediate


Konstantin Vodopyanov; CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. Central Florida, USA

Short Course Description:

This course will make a comprehensive review of different techniques for producing coherent light in this important yet challenging spectral region. It will examine different state-of-the-art approaches from diverse areas of photonics that include: solid-state lasers based on rare-earth and transition metals, fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers (including intra- and intersubband cascade lasers), laser sources based on nonlinear optical frequency downconversion (including difference frequency generators, optical parametric oscillators, generators and amplifiers), Raman sources and others. Since the course is focused mostly on modern-day techniques, such traditional areas as carbon dioxide lasers and free electron lasers will be not be covered. Explaining fundamental principles behind a given technique will precede discussions on each topic. The course will review several emerging technologies such as supercontinuum generation in fibers and waveguides, as well as frequency combs generation. Several important mid-IR applications will be also reviewed and include molecular sensing, spectroscopy with frequency combs, and medical and military applications.
Short Course Benefits:

This course will enable you to:

  • Get a clear idea of existing laser sources in the mid-IR spectral region (2-20 µm) and understand their operational principles, as well as advantages and disadvantages.

  • Distinguish between different operational regimes, from continuous-wave to few optical cycle pulsed operation.

  • Distinguish between broadband and narrow-band sources, as well as between the supercontinuum and the frequency comb regimes.

  • Learn about new applications of mid-IR coherent sources, from trace molecular detection and remote sensing to ultrafast spectroscopy and attosecond physics.

  • Identify what kind of laser source you need for your particular application.

Short Course Audience:

Students, academics, researchers and engineers in various disciplines who require a broad introduction to the subject and would like to learn more about the state-of-the-art and upcoming trends in mid-infrared coherent source development and applications. Undergraduate training in either engineering or science is assumed.

Instructor Biography:

Konstantin Vodopyanov is a world expert in mid-IR solid-state lasers, nonlinear optics and laser spectroscopy. He co-edited a book on the subject: I.T. Sorokina, K.L. Vodopyanov, “Solid-State Mid-Infrared Laser Sources”, Springer, 2003 and has both industrial and academic experience. Dr. Vodopyanov earned his Ph.D. from Lebedev Physical Inst. in Moscow. Now he is a 21st Century Scholar Endowed Chair & Professor of Optics and Physics at CREOL, the College of Optics & Photonics at Univ. of Central Florida. His group holds various world records in the field of mid-IR optical parametric devices and ultra-broadband frequency combs. Dr. Vodopyanov is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, American Physical Society (APS), and the UK Institute of Physics (IOP). He serves on program committees for major laser conferences and is a conference chair at SPIE Photonics West. He delivered numerous invited talks and tutorials at scientific conferences on the subject of mid-IR technology.

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