50 years after: a short history of the laser

It was in 1960 that Hughes Labs researcher Theodore Maiman built the world's first laser using a flash lamp to pump a pink ruby rod. Now 50 years later, lasers have become a prominent fixture in every day life. Here is a quick look at some of the laser's hits and misses.

Seminar presented by Prof. Claude Fabre from the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6)Download the seminar poster.