Continuous Professional Development

Introduction to lasers: science, technologies, capabilities, applications

Course Summary

Lasers and photonics are pivotal within modern businesses, from the lasers used in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, to the photonic devices that provide increased efficiency in robotic and autonomous systems.  

In this introductory pre-recorded webinar, you will learn about the concept of light and how it is generated and controlled to enable a wide range of technologies. We will also take you through the historical development of the laser providing background on the different types that currently exist. 

A guided tour of a laser resonator will introduce each of the important laser elements and describe the principles of laser operation, including key concepts such as population inversion, stimulated emission, gain, and optical feedback.  

Special laser characteristics, including pulsed and narrow line-width lasers will also be explained, along with their applications. The session will conclude with an interactive live Q&A and discussion session. 


This course has limited spaces available. Should you be unable to attend, please cancel your booking via Eventbrite to allow us to re-allocate your place.

Failure to cancel and or attend, may result in you being removed from any future courses. 

The course comprises an introduction to lasers and photonics, providing the fundamental knowledge and understanding required to navigate this sector. 

By attending this course, you will:

  • gain an overview of light, what it is, and how it is made 
  • gain an overview of the historical development of the laser 
  • gain an awareness of the different types of lasers and reasons for the broad variety 
  • gain an understanding of the basic laser elements and laser operation 
  • gain an understanding and awareness of special laser characteristics including pulsed and narrow line-width lasers, and their applications 
  • gain an awareness of a range of laser applications with a market context 

This webinar is aimed at anyone considering a career transition into the area of lasers and or photonics. No previous knowledge and or experience is necessary to take part. 

The Institute of Photonics is a commercially oriented research unit located within the Department of Physics and was formed as a partnership between the University of Strathclyde, industry and government.

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Dates & Venues

Date25 May 2021
LocationOnline learning
Duration09.00 ~ 14.00

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