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Laser Pioneers Revised Edition

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Laser Pioneers Revised Edition

Jeff Hecht

ISBN 0123360307
Pages 298

This work presents the intriguing story of laser technology development through interviews with the scientists who made history with their groundbreaking research. Laser Pioneers, Revised Edition, describes a race for innovative laser technologies that resulted in several Nobel Prizes and one of the most bitter patent fights of the twentieth century. This book makes fascinating reading for anyone involved with physics, engineering, optics, lasers, or the history of science--or anyone simply interested in the process of invention.

Contents (List of those interviewed): C.H. Townes, Infared and Optical Masers. A.L. Schawlow, Origins of the Laser. N. Bloembergen, Masers and Nonlinear Optics. G. Gould, Another View of Laser Development. T.H. Maiman, The First Laser. P. Sorokin, The Second Laser and the Dye Laser. A. Javan, The Helium-Neon Laser. R.N. Hall, The Semiconductor Laser. C.K.N. Patel, The Carbon-Dioxide Laser. W. Bridges, The Ion Laser. W.T. Silfvast, Metal-Vapor Lasers. J.J. Ewing, Excimer Lasers. J.M.J. Madey, The Free-Election Laser. D.L. Matthews, The X-Ray Laser. Index.