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16/05/1960 Laser operated for the first time


History of laser technology


Celebrating 50 Years of the Laser


How the first laser was made


In this video from 1983, Ted Maiman recalls the birth of the laser in his lab at Hughes.

American physicist Ted Maiman successfully tested his laser. Its core was made of synthetic ruby which other scientists seeking to make a laser felt would not work. Maiman patented the laser. However, Columbia University graduate student Gordon Gould had simultaneously completedhis own laser design, and it is not clear who was first.
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