Experimental Laser Crystal

Description (Brief)
This ruby crystal was used in early laser experiments at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. The first laser-related object in the Museum's Electricity Collections, it was acquired only three years after Theodore Maiman made the first laser at Hughes Aircraft in May 1960.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
laser crystal
ruby crystal
date made
1962-03
maker
Bell Laboratories
Physical Description
ruby (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 9/16 in x 3/32 in; 3.96875 cm x .23812 cm
ID Number
EM*323405
catalog number
323405
accession number
251547
subject
Laser
Science & Mathematics
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Bell Telephone Laboratories, thru S. P. S. Porto

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