Laser Fundamentals for Spectroscopy

Price: Conferee: $225; Student: $25; Non-Conferee: $325
Date: October 10 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Robert Chimenti, Innovative Photonics Solutions / Rowan University

This course is designed to give attendees an introduction to the fundamentals of laser physics as well as a practical understanding of common laser designs and their applications in spectroscopy.   This course will begin by providing a fundamental understanding of the three basic components of a laser: gain medium, resonator, and excitation source.  You will learn how these components affect the laser characteristics that are important to spectroscopists, specifically, mode structure, spectral linewidth, pulse-width and average power.  Finally, attendees will be introduced to the pros and cons of common gas, solid-state, and diode laser designs as they apply to various spectroscopy applications.  Some of the applications to be covered include Raman, fluorescence, absorbance, and LIBS.