Beam: The Race to Make the Laser


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Beam is the story of the race to make the laser, the three intense years from the birth of the laser idea to its breakthrough demonstration in a California laboratory. The quest was a struggle against physics, established wisdom, and the establishment itself. In 1954, Charles Townes invented the laser's microwave cousin, the maser. The next logical step was to extend the same physical principles to the shorter wavelengths of light, but the idea did not catch fire until October 1957, when Townes asked Gordon Gould about ...

Beam: The Race to Make the Laser 2010, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780199738717

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Beam: The Race to Make the Laser 2005, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780195142105