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Development history of the laser


Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 38, Moscow, 119942, Russian Federation

An attempt is made at objectively assessing the contribution made by Soviet scientists to the origination of laser physics, which the author believes tends to be underestimated abroad. Together with the concept of induced radiation, the three-level method and the open resonator were to become cornerstone proposals for laser physics, as were semiconductor active media, carrier injection through a p — n junction, double heterostructure lasers, and laser fusion.

Text can be downloaded in Russian. English translation is available on IOP Science.
PACS: 01.65.+g, 42.55.−f, 42.60.−v (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0181.201101f.0071
URL: https://ufn.ru/en/articles/2011/1/f/
Citation: Shcherbakov I A "Development history of the laser" Phys. Usp. 54 65–71 (2011)
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Оригинал: Щербаков И А «К истории создания лазера» УФН 181 71–78 (2011); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0181.201101f.0071

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