Session B5: Five Legacies from the Laser

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Monday, March 15, 2010
Room: Portland Ballroom 256

Sponsoring Units: FHP FIAP
Chair: Daniel Kleppner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.B5.1

Abstract: B5.00001 : Lasers at 50: Meeting the Grand Challenges for the 21st Century

11:15 AM–11:51 AM

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  Robert L. Byer
    (Stanford University)

In the 50 years since the demonstration of the laser, coherent light has changed the way we work, communicate and play. The generation and control of light is critical for meeting important challenges of the 21st century from fundamental science to the generation of energy.

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