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This resource contains demonstrations used to illustrate the theory and applications of lasers and optics. A detailed listing of the topics can be found below.

Lasers today are being used in an ever-increasing number of applications. In fact, there is hardly a field that has not been touched by the laser. Lasers are playing key roles in the home, office, hospital, factory, outdoors, and theater, as well as in the laboratory.

To learn about lasers and related optics, one usually takes a course or two, or acquires the necessary information from books and journal articles. To make this learning more vivid and more exciting, and, one hopes, more understandable, one needs to see some of the basic phenomena involved. To fill this need, Professor Ezekiel has videotaped 48 demonstrations that illustrate most of the fundamental phenomena relating to lasers and physical optics.

By using split-screen inserts and a wide range of video-recording capabilities, it is possible to show real-time effects in lasers and optics with the simultaneous manipulation of the components that cause these effects. In this way, one can see effects in close up that would be difficult, if not impossible, to display in front of an audience or in the classroom.

These video demonstrations are designed for:

The individual student of lasers and optics who wants to observe the various phenomena covered in theoretical treatments in courses, books, and technical papers.
The Instructor in lasers and optics in a company, university, college, or high school who wants to illustrate, in class, many of the fundamental phenomena in optics and lasers.
These videos were produced by the MIT Center for Advanced Engineering Study.

To obtain high quality versions of the demonstrations, visit Zeelase.

Video Demonstrations in Lasers and Optics MIT

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This resource contains demonstrations used to illustrate the theory and applications of lasers and optics. A detailed listing of the topics can be found below.

Lasers today are being used in an ever-increasing number of applications. In fact, there is hardly a field that has not been touched by the laser. Lasers are playing key roles in the home, office, hospital, factory, outdoors, and theater, as well as in the laboratory.

To learn about lasers and related optics, one usually takes a course or two, or acquires the necessary information from books and journal articles. To make this learning more vivid and more exciting, and, one hopes, more understandable, one needs to see some of the basic phenomena involved. To fill this need, Professor Ezekiel has videotaped 48 demonstrations that illustrate most of the fundamental phenomena relating to lasers and physical optics.

By using split-screen inserts and a wide range of video-recording capabilities, it is possible to show real-time effects in lasers and optics with the simultaneous manipulation of the components that cause these effects. In this way, one can see effects in close up that would be difficult, if not impossible, to display in front of an audience or in the classroom.

These video demonstrations are designed for:

The individual student of lasers and optics who wants to observe the various phenomena covered in theoretical treatments in courses, books, and technical papers.
The Instructor in lasers and optics in a company, university, college, or high school who wants to illustrate, in class, many of the fundamental phenomena in optics and lasers.
These videos were produced by the MIT Center for Advanced Engineering Study.

To obtain high quality versions of the demonstrations, visit Zeelase.

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    Overview of Demonstrations in Lasers and Optics

    Overview of Demonstrations in Lasers and Optics

    Overview of demonstrations in lasers and optics

    • 1 sec
    • video
    Optics: Polarization of Light and Polarization Manipulation; Linear polarizer

    Optics: Polarization of Light and Polarization Manipulation; Linear polarizer

    Demonstration of the change in the state of polarization of light after reflection by two aluminum coated mirrors

    • 7 min
    • video
    Optics: Polarization rotation using polarizers

    Optics: Polarization rotation using polarizers

    Rotation of the plane of polarization of light using a single linear polarizer

    Limitation of the single polarizer method

    Rotation of the plane of polarization using two linear polarizers

    Effect of polarization rotation on transmitted intensity

    • 8 min
    • video
    Optics: Quarter-wave plate

    Optics: Quarter-wave plate

    Demonstration that there is no change in the state of polarization when propagating along either principal axis of the quarter-wave plate

    • 6 min
    • video
    Optics: Half-wave plate

    Optics: Half-wave plate

    Description of a half-wave plate

    Use of a half-wave plate to rotate the plane of polarization from zero to ninety degrees with very little loss

    Demo that there is no change in the state of polarization when propagating along either principal axis...

    • 6 min
    • video
    Optics: Optical isolator

    Optics: Optical isolator

    Need for an optical isolator

    Demonstration of the performance of an optical isolator using a quarter-wave plate and a linear polarizer

    • 4 min

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