Laser Technologies

Students get knowledge of quantum electronics and laser techniques. They get skills of practical work with modern laser techniques and laser measurement equipment, the ability to carry out science research during the development of new laser measuring devices and systems.

Every year we examine and update our programs. 
Meet the improved version of the program "Sensing Photonics Technologies" now called "Laser Technologies​"
The program code remains the same (12.04.01), students enrolled in "Sensing Photonics Technologies" are admitted to study under improved program "Laser Technologies​".


Language of instructions: English
Degree acquired: Master's
Program code: 12.04.01
Faculty Faculty of Information Measurement and Biotechnical Systems, Faculty of Electronics
Number of students: 10-15
Program: 120 ECTS credits, full-time Master’s Degree (2 years)
Eligibility: Candidates must hold previous degree in engineering area
Academic year includes: 2 semesters beginning on 1st September and 1st February
Holidays: Winter holidays - 2 weeks (January); Summer holidays - 2 months (July, August)
Application deadline: May
Master’s Thesis defense: June

 Program presentation

Main Disciplines

Educational process provides studying of the following subjects:

Fundamental Courses

Wave Optics (4 ECTS)

Physical basics of optical systems for data collection, storage, and transfer are presented. Primary attention is paid to the laws of light reflection, refraction, and propagation in isotropic and anisotropic media. Light propagation in optical fiber and the idea of the optical fiber communication systems are described on this basis. Light interference, as well as some of its applications (interference measurement converters, interference filters, and demultiplexers), are considered. The information on the optics of moving media and measurement converters on this basis is presented.

Optical Systems and Components (2 ECTS)

Contains the basic data on the principles of design, calculation, working out and adjustment of various optical systems. The basic types of imaging optical systems (telescopes, microscopes, camera lenses etc.), their features and the general properties are considered. Basics of the theory of the optical image and aberrations are presented. The basic types of non-imaging optical systems – lighters, projectors, various types of interferometers are considered also, and also the basics of optical photometry are considered. The course also presents the basics of optical materials and technology, including the processes of glass fabrication and optical crystals growth, the idea of glass and crystal processing (cutting, grinding, polishing and finishing). Main types of optical components (plates, prisms, wedges, spherical and aspherical lenses) are described. The information about optical films and coatings is presented.

Optical and Laser Materials (3 ECTS)

Lecture program consists of two modules. The first module describes optical materials. In the introduction the main optical parameters of optical materials are described. Separate lectures describe the main optical materials and their applications: crystals, glasses, ceramics, semiconductors, metals, polymers, liquid crystals, composite materials, metamaterials. The examples of specific optical materials and their parameters are presented. The second module describes laser materials. In the introduction the generalized optical scheme of laser is presented with the description of its elements. The main schemes of radiation transitions are presented. On case-by case examples the materials, which are used as active media in lasers, are presented: crystals, glasses, semiconductors, dyes, gases.

Laser Physics (3 ECTS)

The fundamentals of quantum electronics and laser technique are presented, including the fundamental laws of light emission and absorption, the idea of the inverted (active) media and of the light amplification. Basic principles of laser cavities and their modes are outlined. Basic principles of laser generation are described in semiclassical approximation. Laser technique fundamentals are illustrated by the more detailed description of various specific kinds of lasers, including gas lasers (neutral atom, ion, molecular and excimer ones), solid-state lasers (glass and crystalline ones, including the Q-switched lasers and lasers with mode synchronization) and semiconductor ones.

Laser Engineering (2 ECTS)

Course contains information about design of modern laser systems. Requirements to laser systems used in industry, biomedicine, optical communication, power engineering and environmental monitoring are analyzed. Main characteristics and technical features of laser systems intended for these applications are considered. Special attention is paid to consideration of design, generation regimes and output parameters of solid-state lasers, which are nowadays mostly used.  

Laser Techniques (3 ECTS)

Advance high average power and high peak power lasers. Short pulse generation and compression. Femtosecond lasers and systems. Various architectures of master oscillator – power amplifier (MOPA) scheme. Nonlinear optical and adaptive optical correction and compensation for distortions. Unusual lasers and laser-like systems, including masers, terahertz lasers, parametric generators and amplifiers, Raman amplifiers, free-electron lasers etc.

Lasers and Optical Characterization of Materials (3 ECTS)

The course covers basic optical and spectroscopic methods, techniques and equipment such as light photometry, UV/Vis spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry and interferometry, which are widely used in the diagnostics of materials and thin film structures. The course also includes an introductory part dedicated to the fundamentals of geometrical and wave optics, laboratory workshops and seminars.

Laser Measuring Systems (3 ECTS)

The study provides the physical basis and principles of laser measurement systems for research of motion parameters: linear and angular displacements, velocities and accelerations. The schemes and principles of modern laser measurement systems are considered. Specific attention is paid to the accuracy characteristics of laser measuring systems and means to increase the efficiency of their operation. Modern trends of laser measuring systems development are highlighted.

Fiber and Integral Optics (3 ECTS)

Basic information about the principles of light propagation through optical fibers and waveguides is presented. Inter-modal and material dispersions in fibers are analyzed as well as their influence onto the rate of data transfer via fiber-optical communication lines (FOCL). Waveguide connectors, including the grating and prism type ones, are described. Two-channel directed splitters and other elements of integrated optics are considered as well as their use in FOCL. The means and methods of time and spectral multiplexing are analyzed. Modern schemes of FOCL architecture are considered. Diode light sources for FOCL applications are discussed. In addition, the fiber-optical sensors of various natures are considered.

Laser Radiation Control (4 ECTS)

The discipline provides the basic knowledge on physical effects and on the devices, based on these effects, which provide the control over the laser beam parameters and transformation of such beams. We consider the methods of radiation polarization plane rotation and the nonreciprocal devices on their base, the methods of nonlinear optics and the devices of optical radiation frequency conversion, and the methods of radiation wavefront control and correction of its distortions on the base of holography and of adaptive optics.

Laser Technologies in Industry (3 ECTS)

Course is devoted to industrial applications of lasers. All main applications of laser systems in industry are discussed, but special attention is paid to consideration to its use in micro-processing of materials and microelectronics.

Laser Navigation Systems (3 ECTS)

The subject of the course is the study of fundamentals and main types of optical gyros, based upon the use of quantum electronics and waveguide technologies – namely, of laser and fiber optical gyros, as well as of the systems, providing technique implementation in the measuring apparatus, in the inertial navigation and movement control systems.

Lasers Technologies in Environmental Monitoring, Biomedicine and Agriculture (3 ECTS)

This course of lectures contains information about laser systems used in environmental monitoring, biomedicine and agriculture, which are important and rapidly growing fields of modern laser engineering.  In the discipline all basic issues concerned with architecture and technical features of use of modern lasers for these applications are considered.

Laser Diodes and Optoelectronics (3 ECTS)

The main sections of the course are devoted to the study of methods and equipment for the research of materials and structures used in the manufacturing of laser diodes and optoelectronic systems with them. Much attention is paid to the technological foundations of their production and application. The course content includes topics on the development of structures and devices, research of the functional dependences of the parameters of laser radiation, analysis of the problems of designing production lines, formulation and solution of tasks for the effective use of laser diodes.

Education and Research Facilities

  1. The laboratories of the graduating department of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems are equipped with modern facilities. The laboratories include:
  • Wave optics
  • Fundamentals of nonlinear optics
  • Guidance and stabilization of optical devices
  • Laser and fiber-optic technologies in navigation systems
  1. The graduating department conducts extensive research in such areas of industry as precision laser methods and means of measuring angles and angular movement parameters, adaptive optics and aberration correction by means of holography, laser systems in geophysics and seismic analysis, the use of lasers for the restoration of monuments of art and culture. The full description of scientific research trends of automatic control systems department can be found in the brochure.
  2. The competences of the program tutors guarantee a high level of training in the field of sensing photonics technologies. Applications of photonics are ubiquitous. All areas from everyday life to the most advanced science are included - light detection, telecommunications, information processing, photonic computing, lighting, metrology, spectroscopy, holography, laser material processing and art diagnostics & restoration. Due to the high level of practical training provided by ETU to future engineers and their ability to operate modern equipment, graduates of the department have various career opportunities in various fields.

Additional Educational Opportunities

  • Academic mobility

Students of the program have the opportunity to participate in short-term (2–4 weeks) and long-term (6–10 microns) internship programs, including double degree programs. The main international partners, where students of the program often have internships, are:

  • Ilmenau University of Technology;
  • Leibniz University of Hannover;
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology Aalto University;
  • Technical University of Sofia;
  • Technical University of Liberec.


ETU Lecturers and tutors

Yuri V. Filatov​
Head of the Program
Dr.Sc, Professor
Deputy head of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems department
Disciplines: Wave optics, Fiber and Integrated Optics​

Alexander A. Sevriugin
Master Program coordinator
Assistant, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department

Vladimir Y. Venediktov
Dr.Sc, Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Laser Technique, Laser Radiation Control​, Optical Systems and Components

Petr A. Pavlov
Dr.Sc, Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Optoelectronics​, Laser Measuring Systems​

Vadim A. Parfenov
Dr.Sc, Associate Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Laser Systems​

Alexander A. Velikoseltsev​
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Laser And Fiber Optic Technologies In Navigation Systems​​


Daria A. Uverskaia

International Student Recruitment & Support Manager

Alexander A. Sevriugin

Sensing Photonics Technologies Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Mon.-Fri.: 10:00-17:00 (admission 10:00-16:30)
197376, Russian Federation, St. Petersburg, Professora Popova str., 5, building 3, 4th floor (room 3418)
+7 (812) 234-35-53
International Students Office
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