Dr. Norman Hodgson
Director of Engineering at Coherent Inc
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author | Editor | Instructor
Publications (18)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 17, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10082, Solid State Lasers XXVI: Technology and Devices
KEYWORDS: Semiconductors, Diamond, Copper, Dielectrics, Interfaces, Gallium arsenide, Solid state lasers, Semiconductor lasers, Transform theory, Disk lasers

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 16, 2011
Proc. SPIE. 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices
KEYWORDS: Fiber amplifiers, Second-harmonic generation, Continuous wave operation, Optical amplifiers, Ultraviolet radiation, Nd:YAG lasers, Solid state lasers, Fiber lasers, Harmonic generation, Pulsed laser operation

SPIE Conference Volume | February 4, 2011

SPIE Conference Volume | February 16, 2010

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 28, 2009
Proc. SPIE. 7193, Solid State Lasers XVIII: Technology and Devices
KEYWORDS: Resonators, Birefringence, Ultraviolet radiation, Annealing, Nd:YAG lasers, Semiconductor lasers, Harmonic generation, Q switched lasers, Rod lasers, Pulsed laser operation

SPIE Conference Volume | February 12, 2009

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Conference Committee Involvement (16)
Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices
29 January 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States
Solid State Lasers XXVI: Technology and Devices
30 January 2017 | San Francisco, California, United States
Solid State Lasers XXV: Technology and Devices
15 February 2016 | San Francisco, California, United States
Solid State Lasers XXIV: Technology and Devices
8 February 2015 | San Francisco, California, United States
Solid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices
2 February 2014 | San Francisco, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC752: Solid State Laser Technology
This course provides an overview of the design, performance characteristics and the current state of the art of solid state lasers and devices. The course reviews the laser-relevant properties of key solid state materials, and discusses the design principles for flashlamp pumped and diode-pumped solid state lasers in cw, pulsed, Q-switched and modelocked operation. Solid state media emphasized include Nd and Yb-doped crystals but mid-IR materials such as Tm, Ho and Er-doped fluorides and oxides will be addressed as well. The course will cover the fundamental scaling laws for power, energy and beam quality for various geometries of the gain medium (rod, slab, disk, waveguide) and pumping arrangements (side and end-pumped) and provides an overview of the state-of-the art of solid state lasers. This includes a review of the design and performance of fiber lasers/amplifiers and their comparison to bulk solid state lasers. An overview of the state-of the art of optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSL) will also be given. Important technical advances (such as diode pump developments) that allowed the technology to mature into diverse industrial and biomedical OEM devices as well as high power and scientific applications will be highlighted along with some remaining design and performance challenges. Topics also include nonlinear frequency conversion techniques, such as harmonic generation, Raman scattering and parametric processes, commonly used in solid state lasers to extend operation to alternative spectral regimes. The course includes an overview of currently available solid state laser products and their industrial and scientific applications.
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