Happy 50th Birthday Laser!

Happy 50th Birthday Laser!

It's the 50th anniversary of the laser, and since then, it's been used in most of the common devices you find together. So here's a write up on the first laser ever created, and how the paper was rejected for publication because it was too similar to a previous paper that the creator, Thomas Maiman, had published. - When the first working laser was reported in 1960, it was described as "a solution looking for a problem." But before long the laser's distinctive qualities—its ability to generate an intense, very narrow beam of light of a single wavelength—were being harnessed for science, technology and medicine. Today, lasers are everywhere: from research laboratories at the cutting edge of quantum physics to medical clinics, supermarket checkouts and the telephone network.

Full article here.

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