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Lasers And The Motion Control Industry

There are many applications in the precision motion industry that include lasers.  For example, you could have laser encoders integrated into a positioning stage to provide the finest resolution and highest accuracy or it could be a positioning stage built with the final application being to provide a motion platform for laser cutting.  The point being, most applications that involve lasers also include some sort of motion platform.

With the 60th anniversary of the laser approaching in 2020, we are excited to see just how far the technology has advanced over the last six decades and the many ways lasers are integrated within the precision motion industry.

In the article linked below, Photonics Media presents a timeline of some of the more notable scientific accomplishments related to light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (laser).

Read the article "A History of the Laser: 1960-2019" in Photonics Media >

The first laser which is a ruby rod surrounded by a flashlamp

The first laser was Theodore Maiman's ruby laser at Hughes Research Laboratories.

laser guide star system at ESO's Paranal Observatory

The most powerful laser guide star system in the world at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESO/G. Hüdepohl.