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In May 1960, Theodore Maiman revealed to the world the first successful demonstration of a laser at Hughes Atomic Physical Department in Malibu, Calif. However, the landmark event was achieved due to the foundation set in place by a pair of Bell Labs researchers two years earlier.
Arthur L. Schawlow, a Bell Labs researcher, and Charles H. Townes, a consultant to Bell Labs, conceived of the laser while researching microwave spectroscopy, publishing their findings in 1958 as “Infrared and Optical Masers.” That paper, published in Physical Review, opened the door to endless possibilities in a new scientific field.
The following is based on an account written by Bell Labs, where Schawlow and Townes worked while they…READ MORE