Military Laser Principles and Applications - Open Access

Course Description

Review and understand the fundamental physics and technology underlying laser and laser-based systems including basic operating principles and device capabilities. Examine basic design principles and requirements underlying laser systems and active electro-optical sensor development with an overview of important technical issues and associated design principles. Survey the latest developments in laser technology.

The following course is also available with restricted access for on-site contract offerings only:

  • DEF 3002P – Military Laser Principles and Applications – Restricted Access

For more information contact Michael Cathcart via email at

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jul 16, 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,795 18311
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14371 Jun 10, 2014 Jun 13, 2014 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,795
15373 Jun 16, 2015 Jun 19, 2015 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,795
16501 Jul 11, 2016 Jul 14, 2016 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,795

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, system analysts, technicians, technical managers, procurement decision-makers and military planners

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the basic operating principles of lasers.

  • Understand major design issues associated with laser-based systems.

  • Identify the major components and technologies in laser systems.

  • Understand the basis and operation of laser-based military systems.

  • Review active optical sensing and relevant applications.


  • Laser physics

  • Nonlinear optics

  • Laser devices

  • Laser design

  • Laser safety

  • Beam control, pointing, acquisition, tracking

  • Propagation, active sensing, LaserComm

  • Laser Systems (rangefinders, designators, seekers)

  • High energy lasers, CM, Nonlethal systems

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Michael Cathcart, Ph.D.