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The module will provide an in-depth understanding of ultra-fast laser pulse generation and will provide a solid foundation of light-matter interactions at such time scales. The students will be able to explain non-linear optics and the required experimental techniques to measure ultra-fast events in physics, including higher harmonics, pump and probe, autocorrelation and frequency resolved optical gating.
You will be able to explain the interaction of soft x-ray radiation with matter, both qualitatively and quantitatively. You will develop an understanding of the properties, and calculate key parameters, of various SXR sources, such as plasma-based sources, soft x-ray lasers, free electron lasers and attosecond pulse generated from high harmonics. This will allow you to analyse the principles, design and operation of modern SXR optical systems, and critically discuss fabrication, metrology and imaging in the soft x-ray region.
Components of course:
Ultra-fast pulse generation
Scattering by single free/bound and multi-bound electrons
Multilayer and zone plate optics
HHG and attosecond pulse generation
Pump and Probe
SXR source based on laser produced and discharge produced plasmas
Soft x-ray lasers
EUV litho, metrology and inspection
Imaging and microscopy
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Number of graded homework problems||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Examination: End of semester written examination||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Graded||Yes||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|In-Module Resit||Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
1. Class feedback post assessment is provided including in-class tutorials with solutions. 2. Individual feedback is provided via corrected homework with detailed written feedback. 3. Preparation provided to students prior examination (e.g. via tutorials and "worked examples").
|Dr Patrick Hayden||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|