First organized for SPIE Photonics West in January 2010, this virtual laser museum showcases vintage and new devices as part of SPIE Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future and LaserFest anniversary tributes. Pieces from the display also have been shown as part of the LaserFest celebration at CLEO/QELS and as part of the Advancing the Laser/LaserFest celebration at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, California, in August. The exhibit will be on display through Fall Semester 2010 at the Univ. of Arizona Flandrau planetarium.
In a video tour of the exhibition, laser expert and author Jeff Hecht explains the significance of some of the items in the collection.
See the Virtual Collection:
1960 to 1969 - A Burst of Discovery
1970 to 1979 - A Precision Tool Finds Applications
1980 to 1989 - The Laser Enters Daily Life
1990 to 1999 - A Billion Dollar Marketplace
2000 to Present - Further Exploration