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Is a mazer essentially a transistor for radiation?

  1. Sep 12, 2016 #1
    I come to this conclusion because a mazer amplifies radiation; a transistor amplifies electricity.
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  3. Sep 12, 2016 #2
    Microwave Amplification by the Ztimulated Emission of Radiation ?

    or did you see Ender's Game a bit too recently. (good movie, better book)
  4. Sep 12, 2016 #3


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    Hi Mathamans
    welcome to PF :smile:

    it's actually MASER

    Microwave Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation

    not a good conclusion :wink:
    both masers and lasers are used to produce coherent beams of E/M radiation ( photons)

    A laser normally refers to ones in the general optical range IR - visible - UV
    Where a maser is generally operating at much lower frequencies in the microwave bands ( RF)

    personally have never heard of a transistor for radiation not sure where you got that from :wink:
    A transistor doesn't actually amplify electricity, it uses a small current source to control a larger current source

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