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First laser stars in new Advancing the Laser video

26 May 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- The first laser itself stars in one of the latest video releases in the SPIE anniversary tribute series Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future. The laser, invented and successfully fired for the first time on 16 May 1960 by Theodore Maiman, was reactivated by professor and inventor Dan Gelbart (Univ. of British Columbia) at a laser anniversary celebration in Vancouver, Canada, last week.

New videos are being launched each week in the well-received SPIE Advancing the Laser video series.Peter Moulton

The complete series will include laser Nobel Laureates Charles Hard Townes, Nicolaas Bloembergen, and John Hall and other laser pioneers and leaders in current laser research and development talkinga bout new advances and the technology's history. To date, 25 videos have been completed.

An interview with Steven Jacques (Oregon Health and Science Univ.) launched today. Interviews with William Silfvast (CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida), author of Laser Fundamentals, and Gérard Mourou (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées), inventor of chirped pulse amplification, will launch over the next few weeks.

The collection of 5- to 7-minute video interviews can be viewed from the SPIE website at www.spie.org/laservideo.Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future

For more on laser technology and the laser anniversary, including a virtual museum of vintage laser equipment, a photo tribute to laser luminaries, and free informational posters and DVDs, visit www.advancingthelaser.org.

See www.spie.tv for more videos from SPIE on lasers and 12 other areas of optics and photonics technology.

The laser, with extensive applications in healthcare, entertainment, communications, security, research, space exploration, manufacturing, and numerous other areas, has enabled a plethora of scientific advances as well as profound improvements in everyday life.

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Peter Moulton (Q-Peak) is among those interviewed in the Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future video series.

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