Friday, May 21, 2010

The Laser turns 50 years old

Fifty years ago this past Sunday, researcher Theodore Maiman at Hughes Labs built the first working laser that has changed the world. Laser is an acronym standing for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. On May 16, 1960, Maiman used a flash lamp to simulate a ruby pink rod – the world’s first laser. Since that day, lasers have been used in a wide range of industries and government agencies, from consumer electronics to law enforcement, the military, entertainment, and much more. Laser technology stands to be at the heart of many technological breakthroughs in the upcoming decades.

While the progress on the laser front has pushed the limits of the scientific and technological frontiers, we want to know when the laser pistols are coming.

(submitted by Judi)

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