Laser and LED systems for industrial metrology and spectroscopy for industrial uses

Authored by: John P. Dakin

Handbook of Optoelectronics

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138102262
eBook ISBN: 9781315103617
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The first lasers, initially discovered by Maiman at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, were pulsed light sources, using optically pumped doped-crystalline rods. They were first reported in Nature in 1960. As is common with promising new technology, the initial publication was followed by ever-increasing “hype” over what they might be capable of. Although it was a dramatic scientific advance, apart from their use in a few very specialized areas, there was at first little justification for any commercial excitement. In fact, they were described by some as “a solution looking for a problem.” However, in the present century, their true impact has now started to be fully felt, and they are becoming invaluable in an ever-increasing number of areas of our life.

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