Engineer Guy vs. Frickin’ Lasers

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Engineer Guy vs. Frickin’ Lasers

In this, the fourth installment of Engineer Guy Series #4, Bill, Patrick, and Nick show off the engineering that accounts for three key characteristics of laser light: single wavelengths, narrow beams, and high intensities. Highlights include laser retinal surgery, the difference between phosphorescence and fluorescence, and a rather more sophisticated treatment of laser physics than is common in popular science. I’ve seen my share of “laser basics” media, before, but don’t recall any others that venture as deep as “population inversion.” [Thanks, Bill!]

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  1. How Illuminated Are You About Lasers? | Gizmodo Australia says:

    […] more than the very basics about a very common but commonly misunderstood technology. [YouTube via MAKE]Tags Australian Stories clips lasers Science Related Stories Why Women Date Arseholes […]

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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