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'60s Laser Experiences?

  1. Dec 10, 2009 #1
    I'm interested in hearing stories about the very early days of lasers. This is easily one of the top few inventions of the last century, and it's turning 50 next year. I'm particularly interested in the first half of the decade, from handbuilt instruments in labs to on-the-shelf product in many colors and for many applications.

    Please contact me, or share your story here about your experiences with lasers from those years. I'm also looking for old lasers of that vintage. Particularly lasers made by Hughes Aircraft Company, Raytheon, Trion, Lear Siegler, Maser Optics, Optics Technology, American Optical, Perkin Elmer, or Spectra-Physics. Also the old gravity bases and Ealing triangular rail carriers and components from the time before metal optical tables.
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  3. Dec 11, 2009 #2
    I remember years ago, like in the 80's, my dad ordered a laser from somewhere. He paid over 100 dollars for this laser; the same laser you could get from the dollar store nowadays. It was hooked up to a small computer chip. Not sure why.
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