The History of the Laser

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CRC Press, Oct 1, 2004 - Science - 316 pages
Since the invention of the first working laser in 1960, development of these devices has progressed at an unprecedented rate, to the extent that the laser is now a common part of everyday life, from the semiconductor laser used in CD players and telecommunication systems to the high power eximer lasers used in manufacturing processes. This book tra
 

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Contents

Wave and corpuscular theories of light
13
emission
101
Themaser
176
The proposal for an optical maser
207
The misfortune or fortune? of Gordon Gould
218
And finallythe laser
226
A solution in search of a problem or many problems with
262
Bibliography
297
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