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Course: Optical Experimental Methods

Department/Abbreviation: SLO/OEM

Year: 2021

Guarantee: 'Mgr. Antonín Černoch, Ph.D.'

Annotation: The subject presents to students selected experimental methods on typical examples from laboratories.

Course review:
1. Basics of experimental spectroscopy, CCD spectrometer, spectrometer with rotating grating, monochromators 2. Detection of photons, avalanche diodes, SPCM modules, loop detectors, intensified CCD and EMCCD cameras, coincidence detection, time-amplitude converters, one-channel and multi-channel analyzers 3. Recording and analysis od modulated signals, measurement in time and frequency domain, digital oscilloscopes, spectral analyzers 4. Resonator optics, modes of resonators, Fabry-Perot filter, calculations of stability of empty resonators, diffraction theory of resonators, measurement of mode structure of lasers, selection of modes of lasers 5. Spatial mode filtration, caupling of laser light to optical fibers. 6. Polarization of light, use of polarized states of light in optical signals at one-photon level, generation, modification and detection. 7. Free space beams interferometry, Mach-Zehnder interferometer, Michelson interferometer, white light interferometry. 8. Generation of ultra-short optical pulses in solid state lasers, diagnostics of ultrashort pulses 9. Nonlinear optics, the second and the third harmonic generation, optimization to maximum conversion efficiency, generation of photon pairs, self-focussing, generation of white light continuum. 10. Optical thin layers, fabrication technology, properties, diagnostics, measurement of reflection and transmission. 11. Mechanical properties of thin films, measurements with nanoindentor, scratch tests, adhesive cohesive properties of films.