August 16, 2012

Meet the 'Maser': A Microwave Laser

Geoff Brumfiel, Nature News

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Using spare chemicals, a laser bought on eBay and angst from a late-night argument, physicists have got the world's first room-temperature microwave laser working.

The achievement comes nearly 60 years after the first clunky versions of such devices were built, and could revolutionize communication and space exploration. The work is published this week in Nature.

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TAGGED: Laser, Maser