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CORD Projects and Activities: Optics and Photonics Resources: LEOT Course Materials

The LEOT (Laser/electro-optics technology) curriculum was developed by CORD in 1970-1974 with funding from the U.S. Office of Education. At that time many books on lasers were available for physicists and engineers. Those books contained the rigorous theoretical information needed to develop new designs and applications for lasers. The LEOT curriculum does not provide that kind of information but, instead, is written for the technicians who will build, modify, install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair lasers. 

Technicians are a vital link in the advancement of photonics technology. They are the workers in the laboratories, plants, and fields who ensure that lasers and other photonics related equipment operate properly and reliably. 

To Order LEOT Materials 
The current Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LEOT) curriculum materials are available in print from CCI Publishing. 

  • Introduction to Lasers 

  • Laser Technology 

3-1 Power Sources for CW Lasers

3-2 Pulsed Laser Flashlamps and Power Supplies

3-3 Energy Transfer in Solid-State Lasers

3-4 CW Nd:YAG Laser Systems

3-5 Pulsed Solid-State Laser Systems

3-6 Energy Transfer in Ion Lasers

3-7 Argon Ion Laser Systems

3-8 Energy Transfer in Molecular Lasers

3-9 CO2 Laser Systems

3-10 Liquid Dye Lasers

3-11 Semiconductor Lasers

3-12 Laser Q-Switching-Giant Pulses

3-13 Measurements of Laser Outputs

3-14 Laser Safety Hazards Evaluation

  • Laser Electronics 

4-1 Electrical Safety

4-2 Gas Laser Power Supplies

4-3 Ion Laser Power Supplies

4-4 Flashlamps for Pulsed Lasers and Flashlamp

4-5 Arc-Lamp Power Supplies

4-6 Diode Laser Power

4-7 Electro-Optic and Acousto-Optic Devices

4-8 Optical Detectors

4-9 Electro-Optic Instrumentation

  • Laser and Electro-Optic Components 

6-1 Optical Tables and Benches

6-2 Component Supports

6-3 Photographic Recording Mediums

6-4 Windows

6-5 Mirrors and Etalons

6-6 Filters and Beam Splitters

6-7 Prisms

6-8 Lenses

6-9 Gratings

6-10 Polarizers

6-11 Nonlinear Materials 



  • Laser and Electro-Optic Measurements 

10-1 Spectrometers

10-2 Monochromators

10-3 Spectrophotometers

10-4 Michelson Interferometers

10-5 Fabry-Perot Interferometers

10-6 Twyman-Green Interferometers

10-7 Mach-Zehnder Interferometers

10-8 Spatial Resolution of Optical Systems

  • Applications of Photonics in Telecommunications 
    This section is under construction.

Module 1: CW Nd:YAG Laser Systems

Module 2: Pulsed Solid-State Laser Systems

Module 3: Semiconductor Lasers

Module 4: Photodetector Characteristics

Module 5: Laser Information Systems

Module 6: Laser Distance Measurement

Module 7: Laser Trackers and Alignment Systems

Module 8: Laser/Fiber-Optic Communication Systems


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