From the history of physics

The laser in the USSR: the first steps

An account is given of how the first Soviet laser, specifically made of ruby, was developed at the Vavilov State Optical Institute and launched there in June 1961. Direct eye-witness accounts of and archival materials on this outstanding achievement are presented.

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Fulltext is also available at DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0181.201101g.0079
PACS: 01.65.+g, 42.55.−f, 42.60.−v (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0181.201101g.0079
Citation: Belousova I M "The laser in the USSR: the first steps" Phys. Usp. 54 73–75 (2011)
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