ENGS 9: Lasers in Life

Offered

13F, 14F: 11

Prerequisites

None

Dist

TLA

Instructors

Garmire

Textbooks

Fall 2013: see list

From its first appearance in 1962 as "an answer looking for a question," lasers have grown in importance to be in every CD/DVD player, supermarket, laser printer, Boeing 767 airplane. Lasers form the basis of the signals sent around the internet. They are used in applications from surveying to acupuncture, from automotive manufacturing to removing tattoos, from creating fusion to eye surgery. Students will learn first-hand about the development of lasers, the applications they fulfill, and the basic concepts by which they can be understood. The course relates the laser story to the basic concepts of technology, such as design, systems analysis, trade-offs, feedback and control. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.