Course level





One Semester

Class contact

4 Contact hours

Assessment methods

40% assignments & 60% end of semester exam

Course coordinator

Assoc Prof Matthew Davis (

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school or faculty of your program.

Course description

(offered in even years only) Physics of light-atom interactions including: stimulated and spontaneous emission; coherent effects; laser behaviour and applications; atomic and molecular spectroscopy; nonlinear optics; field propagation in free-space and guiding structures; detectors; semiclassical models of atom-light interactions, including rate equations. Tutorials include demonstration sessions with a range of lasers operating in the department.