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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
laser crystal
ruby crystal
date made
Bell Laboratories
Physical Description
ruby (overall material)
overall: 1 9/16 in x 3/32 in; 3.96875 cm x .23812 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Science & Mathematics
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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