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A Laser History of Lincoln Laboratory, Part 2

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Sixty years ago this month, Theodore H. Maiman, a physicist at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, Calif., constructed the first laser using a cylinder of synthetic ruby and photographic flash lamps. There have been many milestones in the last six decades. In honor of this breakthrough, Photonics Media will be running periodic coverage throughout the month.

LEXINGTON, Mass., May 6, 2020 — The MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been the site of numerous discoveries and has yielded some incredibly important technologies — many of them based on lasers. The Firepond wideband laser radar (ladar) successfully collected the first range-Doppler images of an orbiting satellite in 1990. The experiment was part of the Firefly flight-test program designed to demonstrate the performance of the Firepond ladar, based on research into coherent laser radar at the laboratory. In 1997, the laboratory developed the concept for a biological agent warning sensor, based on the principle of...Read full article

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