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Latest Theodore Harold Maiman Stories

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2010-05-15 08:10:00

Fifty years ago Sunday, a man named Theodore Maiman built the first working laser. The Hughes Labs researcher built something that colleagues at a number of other companies and institutions had been feverishly trying to do for months, even years. Hughes Lab veteran and current Raytheon optics and lasers senior principal physicist, Daniel Nieuwsma, said many people were working with radar and were looking for ways to boost their power. One attempted method was using masers, or microwave...

2010-03-11 08:58:58

Fifty years after the first laser sparked a technological revolution, the "light fantastic" continues to impact people's daily lives "” by playing DVDs, speeding Internet connections, and performing intricate surgery. As the golden anniversary of the announcement of the first laser approaches on July 7th, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine, takes a special look at the past, present, and exciting future of this amazing invention. C&EN Senior Editor...