Sunday is the Laser’s 50th Birthday — What hath light wrought?

The leading light for lasers – Cosmic Log –

Fifty years ago this weekend, the Laser Age began – an era that has been as revolutionary as the Space Age. It’s thought that half of America’s gross domestic product is somehow connected with laser technology.

When Theodore Maiman turned on the first pulsed laser at the Hughes Research Laboratory in California on May 16, 1960, few could have imagined how much of an impact the devices would have on communications, manufacturing, medicine (and concert light shows). But Charles Townes had a pretty good idea….


Author: Bill

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