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Tidbit Thursday: Lasers

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Did you know the word ‘Laser’ stands for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation’

Theodore Maiman developed the first working laser at Hughes Research Lab in 1960, and his paper describing the operation of the first laser was published in Nature three months later. Since then, more than 55,000 patents involving the laser have been granted in the United States. Today’s laser and all of its applications are the result of not one individual’s efforts, but the work of a number of prestigious scientists and engineers who were leaders in optics and photonics over the course of history.

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