EECS 438: Advanced Lasers and Optics Laboratory

InstructorProfessor Almantas Galvanauskas

The objective of this course is to provide students with individual laboratory practice as well as with team-work experience in solving open-ended problems in lasers and optics. The course consists of two parts: a lasers and photonics laboratory, and a major design experience in lasers and photonics. 

No textbook required, suggested references include:

  • Frank L Pedrotti, Leno M Pedrotti, Leno S Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics, Prentice Hall, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions,2006.
  • E. Hecht, Optics, Addison-Wesley. Co, editions: 1987, 1989, 1998, 2002.
  • Bahaa E.A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich, Photonics, Wiley, 1991.


  • Geometrical Optics and imaging
  • Optical System Design using ZEEMAX software package
  • Light Diffraction phenomena
  • Light Polarization and applications for optical display technologies
  • Light Coherence and Interference and their use for Optical Coherence 
  • Tomography Imaging
  • Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
  • Major Design Experience (~7 weeks)