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Ion lasers-the early years

Bridges, William B. (2000) Ion lasers-the early years. IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 6 (6). pp. 885-898. ISSN 1077-260X. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:BRIieeejstqe00

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Abstract

The paper is a personal, anecdotal history of the discovery and early development of ion lasers, particularly the argon ion laser. A brief discussion of the mechanisms that make this laser work, and the engineering challenges and developments that make it practical are included. Some early applications in night reconnaissance and imaging are included


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Additional Information:© Copyright 2000 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Invited Paper. Manuscript received September 26, 2000. The author would like to thank the people at HRL: A. N. Chester, P. O. Clark, V. Evtuhov, H. R. Friedrich, A. S. Halsted, R. B. Hodge, G. N. Mercer, J. K. Neeland, J. V. Parker, M. R. Smith, R. Smith, D. Sobieralski, the Department Manager D. C. Forster, and three different Laboratory Directors during 1964–1972: M. R. Currie, L. M. Field, and G. F. Smith. At Hughes Electron Dynamics Division: D. E. Crane, D. D. Hallock, W. P. Kolb, A. G. Peifer. At the Hughes Aerospace Group: J. C. Hill. At Bell Laboratories, E. I. Gordon, E. F. Labuda, R. C. Miller, W. T. Silfvast, C. E. Webb. At Spectra Physics: W. E. Bell, A. L. Bloom, J. P. Goldsborough, R. C. Rempel. At RCA: J. R. Fendley, Jr., K. G. Hernqvist. At the Lebedev Institute: N. N. Sobolev; At WPAFB: R. Firsdon, W. C. Schoonover. At JPL: M. S. Shumate.
Subject Keywords:argon lasers; history of technology; infrared imaging; ion lasers; laser beams; laser transitions
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