While many of the most fundamental discoveries of optics were made without the use of a laser, the introduction of the laser in 1960 by Theodore Maiman with his demonstration of a ruby laser (later to become the doped Ti:Sapphire we know and love today) allowed a lot more interesting experimental work to happen. The following sections go over the general properties of a laser, how they were described by Einstein, laser configurations, and some simple applications of lasers aka why you should learn about them.
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- Laser Cavities
- Absorption and Emission of Light