Physics World Magazine Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Invention of the Laser

Physics World and are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser – one of the outstanding success stories in physics with a special edition that we can download for free (after registration).

Physics World’s special May issue contains the story of the race to build the world’s first laser, a special timeline of laser history and six experts’ predictions for where laser science will go next.

The editors also take a look at the laser’s huge impact on popular culture and everyday life, and delve into the latest research into ultrafast and ultrahigh-power lasers. Find out about the technological impact of lasers in fibre optics, and the quest to create green-wavelength laser diodes that could allow mobile phones to project full-colour images onto any surface.

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