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The MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been the site of numerous discoveries and has yielded some incredibly important technologies — among them, lasers. In the fall of 1962, the laboratory demonstrated a gallium arsenide (GaAs) laser, which was worked on concurrently by groups at General Electric and IBM. The credit for the laser has been the subject of debate, though Nick Holonyak Jr. is credited for the first visible-wavelength GaAs laser. According to Lincoln Laboratory, the use of the lasers evolved from the laboratory’s research into GaAs for use in high-speed electronic devices, which led to the discovery that GaAs diodes were efficient light emitters.
In 1969, the laboratory began its high-energy laser program to…READ MORE