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Working at the speed of light - making and breaking things with photonics

Working at the speed of light - making and breaking things with photonics
Working at the speed of light - making and breaking things with photonics
When Ted Maiman invented the laser in 1960, his breakthrough accomplishment changed the world. We are all familiar with the "lasers" used by fictional heroes such as James Bond, Luke Skywalker and Captain James T. Kirk. What is less well known is the level of complex science and engineering that has been mastered and refined over the last 40 years to produce the laser systems of today. Whether they are simple semiconductor lasers for DVD players or giant systems for laser fusion, they are now essential tools for medics, scientists, engineers, construction workers, and disc jockeys alike. This year's Mountbatten Lecture will present the story of the fibre laser, from lab conception to industrial and military applications with a tantalising glimpse into the manufacturing industries of the future.
Payne, D.N.
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Payne, D.N.
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Payne, D.N. (2005) Working at the speed of light - making and breaking things with photonics At 28th Mountbatten Memorial Lecture. 09 Nov 2005. 1 pp.

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When Ted Maiman invented the laser in 1960, his breakthrough accomplishment changed the world. We are all familiar with the "lasers" used by fictional heroes such as James Bond, Luke Skywalker and Captain James T. Kirk. What is less well known is the level of complex science and engineering that has been mastered and refined over the last 40 years to produce the laser systems of today. Whether they are simple semiconductor lasers for DVD players or giant systems for laser fusion, they are now essential tools for medics, scientists, engineers, construction workers, and disc jockeys alike. This year's Mountbatten Lecture will present the story of the fibre laser, from lab conception to industrial and military applications with a tantalising glimpse into the manufacturing industries of the future.

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Published date: 9 November 2005
Venue - Dates: 28th Mountbatten Memorial Lecture, 2005-11-09 - 2005-11-09

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Local EPrints ID: 47840
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47840
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Date deposited: 13 Aug 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:02

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