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Physics World special issue on the laser

May 2010 issue of Physics World marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser, and can be freely downloaded.

This issue celebrates what has been one of the outstanding success stories in physics. We take a look at the laser’s huge impact on popular culture (think Goldfinger and laser-art shows) and on everyday life (DVDs, laser pointers, bar-code scanners). We also relive the race to build the world’s first working laser – a story still laced with controversy. Find out about the technological impact of lasers in fibre optics and at the quest for green-wavelength laser diodes that could let mobile phones project images onto any surface. Basic research gets a look-in, too – in terms of both ultrahigh power and ultrafast lasers. Don’t miss our special timeline of laser history and see what you think of our six experts’ predictions for where laser science will go next.

Special Science News issue celebrating the laser

May 8th, 2010 issue of Science News has several articles on lasers, since May 16th, the 50th anniversary of the invention of laser is approaching.

1. Inventing the Light Fantastic

The history of the laser: An idea that began with Albert Einstein inspired a race to create a special beam of light that has since infiltrated numerous aspects of everyday life. (p. 18)

2. Lasing Beyond Light

Laser physicists have set their sights on new types of waves — manufacturing beams of sound, creating plasma swells and looking for ripples in spacetime. (p. 28)

3. Laser pioneer reflects on making Einstein’s idea real

Science News reporter Ron Cowen's Q&A with Nobel laureate and laser-technology pioneer Charles Townes. (p. 36)

Recommend to read.

They also published a flash version of timeline of the laser.

Science meets innovation

As an activity for celebrating 50 year anniversary of laser, IOP filmed a video exclusive, a vox pop with faculty and students at the Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC).

via physicsworld.com.

World’s first laser turns 50 in Vancouver

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the laser, an invention that has changed everything from surgery to grocery-store checkout lines.

The world's first laser — which emitted a coherent energy beam for the first time on May 16, 1960 — is right here in Vancouver, locked away in a safe-deposit box downtown.

In May, it will be brought out of storage to be the star attraction at a conference at Simon Fraser University marking its anniversary.

via Vancouver Sun.