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US Military Developing New Weapon Using Laser Induced Plasma

July 4, 2012


The US military are developing a new weapon which might soon be making science fiction enthusiasts’ dreams come true. The device will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its targets. Laser and plasma weapons feature in a wide number of science fiction universes. The phasers of Star Trek and blasters used in Star […]

Profile: Irving Langmuir

June 20, 2012


Irving Langmuir was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1881. He graduated as a metallurgical engineer from the School of Mines at Columbia University in 1903. He obtained an MA and PhD from Göttingen for work in Physical Chemistry under Walther Nernst. Langmuir worked as an Instructor in Chemistry at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New […]

Pulsed Laser Deposition: Introduction

June 15, 2012


In 1960 Theodore Maiman developed, demonstrated and patented the first laser, using a pink ruby medium and a helical gas discharge flashtube for optical pumping, at the Hughes Research Laboratory. Following Maiman’s break-through, theoretical and experimental studies were carried out on the interaction of lasers with solid, liquid and gaseous materials. The ease with which […]