SC361 - Coherent Mid-IR Light: Generation and Applications
Monday, 10 May
13:30 - 17:30
Short Course Level: Intermediate
Konstantin Vodopyanov; CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. Central Florida, USA
Short Course Description:
This course reviews different techniques to produce coherent light in the important yet challenging mid-IR spectral region (approximately 2–20 µm). It examines, in great detail, a variety of state-of-the-art approaches from diverse areas of photonics: solid-state lasers based on rare-earth and transition metals, fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers (including intra- and intersubband cascade lasers), nonlinear-optical frequency conversion (including difference frequency generators, optical parametric oscillators, and amplifiers), supercontinuum generators, Raman converters and others. The course assesses several emerging technologies such as supercontinuum generation in microresonators, waveguides, and fibers, as well as generation of frequency combs. The course examines the most important applications of the mid-IR, such as spectroscopic sensing, nano-IR imaging, medical and defense applications, and extreme nonlinear optics.
Short Course Benefits:
This course will enable you to:
- Get a clear idea of the state-of-the-art mid-IR laser-based sources and understand their working principles, advantages and disadvantages.
- Distinguish between different operational regimes, from continuous-wave to few-optical-cycle operation.
- Identify the emerging applications of the mid-IR, from trace molecular detection and biomedicine to attosecond physics.
Short Course Audience:
Students, academics, researchers and engineers from 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-IR laser development and applications. Undergraduate training in either engineering or science is assumed.
Konstantin Vodopyanov is a world expert in mid-IR lasers, laser-matter interactions, 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 is the author of a book: K.L. Vodopyanov, “Laser-based mid-infrared sources” (Wiley, in press), and has both industrial and academic experience. Dr. Vodopyanov earned his Ph.D. from Lebedev Physical Inst. in Moscow. Now he is an 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 delivered numerous invited, keynote, and plenary talks and tutorials at scientific symposia on the subject of mid-IR technology.