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Listed here are many breakthroughs that followed the first ruby laser demonstration. Nearly all of the devices mentioned have played major roles in science or everyday life, and continue to today. This brief list of pioneers — not exhaustive by any means — places a human face on scientific progress and helps, like the technology itself, to inspire the international imagination.
Robert Alfano (top left) Donna Strickland (top middle, courtesy Bengt Nyman) Gérard Mourou (top right, courtesy Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering) Federico Capasso (bottom middle, courtesy Eliza Grinnel, Harvard SEAS) Mary Louise Spaeth (bottom right, courtesy Lawrence Livermore National Labs)
“Father of fiber…