Laser System Design Concepts

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Requirements & Materials

Laser System Design Concepts

Course Description

Laser System Design Concepts emphasizes the design and engineering of optical systems that incorporate these unique sources of light. Taking the perspective of the laser systems engineer, this short course reviews the concepts and components required for the development of laser-based systems for manufacturing, biomedical applications, laser radar, sensors, metrology, laser-based displays, directed energy, etc. There will be a special emphasis on the practical design problems and the first-order equations and commercial off-the-shelf components used to solve them.

Course Content


  • Laser systems
  • Laser engineering
  • Laser system engineering


  • Laser specifications
  • Laser types
  • Laser selection
  • Problems


  • Gaussian beams
  • Beam quality
  • Beam imaging


  • Windows and filters
  • Lenses
  • Beam expanders and collimators
  • Homogenizers


  • Scan technologies
  • Scan optics
  • System design and trades


  • Laser brightness
  • Power-in-Bucket
  • Laser intensity
  • Power budgets


  • PIN photodiodes
  • Avalanche photodiodes
  • Photomultiple tubes
  • Focal plane arrays
  • Nose, sensitivity, and selection
Requirements & Materials

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, technicians, and managers who are developing, specifying, or purchasing optical, electro-optical, laser or infrared systems. Engineers, scientists, and managers who want to quickly master the principles of laser system development will also benefit. This course will be a source tool for the laser professional who either has a broad experience and is looking to architect an integrated system or one who has great depth in a particular area and is looking to transition into the systems-engineering realm.

Defense tech professionals attending a short course

What You Will Learn

  • A review of the various types of lasers, with an emphasis on laser specifications unique to specific applications
  • Propagation of ideal, aberrated, and higher-order Gaussian beams
  • Selection of laser system optics and critical specifications for their use
  • Requirements on the scan technologies, optical components, and system trades for beam scanning
  • Radiometry of laser-based systems
Industrial and systems machinery at factory

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the rationale for laser system design and the laser technologies components and their trades.
  • Become familiar with design requirements, design configurations, risk in the design, laser beam characteristics, and limits.
  • Learn laser beam propagation limits and laser beam control.
  • Taught by Experts in the Field icon
    Taught by Experts in the Field
  • Grow Your Professional Network icon
    Grow Your Professional Network

The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


We enable employers to provide specialized, on-location training on their own timetables. Our world-renowned experts can create unique content that meets your employees' specific needs. We also have the ability to deliver courses via web conferencing or on-demand online videos. For 15 or more students, it is more cost-effective for us to come to you.

  • Save Money
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Group Training
  • Customize Content
  • On-Site Training
  • Earn a Certificate
Learn More

Want to learn more about this course?