Stimulated Optical Radiation in Ruby(71 views)
Description: FIRST EDITION of the announcement of the first successful laser. The blueprint for the laser proposed by Townes and Schawlow in December 1958 "led several groups to try building a laser... Success came first to Theodore H. Maiman... He fired bright pulses from a photographer?s flash lamp to excite chromium atoms in a crystal of synthetic ruby, a material he chose because he had studied carefully how it absorbed and emitted light and calculated that it should work as a laser. On May 16, 1960, he produced red pulses from a ruby rod about the size of a fingertip. ?While lasers quickly caught the public imagination, perhaps for their similarity to the ?heat rays? of science fiction, practical applications took years to develop. A young physicist named Irnee D?Haenens, while working with Maiman on the ruby laser, joked that the device was ?a solution looking for a problem,? and the line lingered in the laser community for many years? (Britannica). Today, of course, lasers are ubiquitous, with a myriad of applications from medicine and science, to engineering and entertainment. They have become one of the essential components of the modern technological age. IN: Nature, Vol 187, no. 4736, pp. 493-4. One full issue, August 6, 1960. London: Macmillan, 1960. Quarto, modern half-morocco, bound without original wrappers. Stamp on general title, otherwise fine.
Artist or Maker: MAIMAN, Theodore H