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Laser Technics and Scientific Communication


Programme (detailed contents):

Laser Techniques :

-          Light-Matter interactions

-          Pumping mechanisms and Gain

-          Resonant cavity

-          Operation modes : cw, Q-switching, mode-locking

-          Laser beam properties : coherence, divergence…

-          Applications: material processing, metrology, lasers in medicine, etc…

-          Semiconductor lasers



English lectures :

       Collaboration with a technical course in an

        engineering  department

Informal individual/team presentations

Individual presentation (2’) filmed,  analysed in small group

Team presentations of the stages of the project for a specialised audience

Individual & group exercises
   emailing, professional experience, stages of the report

Technical report on a specific laser topic + Presentation in front of the other students and english and laser lecturers.



Laser : 1-2 slots/week + visit of laser equipments in LPCNO research lab.

English : Tutorials (2 slots/week). Group work with & without tutor


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain :

- the main principles of laser physics and techniques

- the differences between written and spoken scientific/technical English



The student will be able to:

- to develop systems based on laser technics and train technicians and engineers in this field

- select relevant information for specific audiences

- develop, reformulate, synthesize in English specific scientific knowledge

- present project work orally

- dialogue on the key elements of the project

- write a report in English

- explain scientific knowledge to non-specialists

- adapt his/her expression for formal and informal situations

Needed prerequisite

English :
Intermediate level - B2
Laser :
Quantum Mechanics, statistical physics, optics, material science

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...