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Spectra-Physics celebrates 50 years in commercial laser industry

11 January 2011

Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corporation brand, is launching a year-long observance of its 50th anniversary in the commerical laser industry with a celebration at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco this month.

Spectra-Physics became the first commercial laser company in 1961, less than a year after the invention of the laser, noted Dave Allen, company vice president and general manager.

Photonics West attendees are invited to help launch the celebration at the Newport booth (#1301) during the exhibition 25-27 January at Moscone Center, said Newport Global Marketing Director Kim Abair. Nobel Laureate Charles Townes will be at the booth between 11 a.m. and Noon on 25 January.

Read more about the anniversary celebration.