A Personal Experience of Early Laser Research and Development
Early laser research

A Personal Experience of Early Laser Research and Development

 John Prince

This talk covers the research and development of solid-state lasers over a period of 20 years, starting with invention of the first laser by Theodore Maiman in 1960.

It will look at research into the use of lasers as rangefinders for military vehicles, followed by work on high powered lasers at the Korad Corporation, whose President was Maiman. Finally, project management of airborne laser systems during the 1970s included rangefinders, designators and laser-guided bombs.



Tue 10 Oct 2023


2:30pm - 4:00pm
Bridges Centre, Drybridge Park, Monmouth NP25 5AS
Cherry Lewis

Accessibility at Bridges Centre

Members’ monthly meetings are held at Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park. Some group meetings and activities also take place at Bridges. Off street parking is available here outside the building, and disabled parking is adjacent to the building entrance. There are no external steps or slopes, and the entrance doors are automatic. The ground floor is fully accessible and level throughout, and there is space for wheelchairs. There is a lift to the first floor, and accessible toilets on both floors. There is a hearing induction system in the Agincourt room where the monthly meetings are held.

Accessibility at Ty Price

Some group activities and meetings are held at Ty Price, St Thomas Community Hall, St Thomas’s Square. There is no off street parking here. The approach on foot is a gentle slope to double entrance doors. The ground floor of the building is fully accessible and there is a disabled toilet. The stairs to the first floor are wide and well-lit with a handrail on both sides, but there is no lift. There is a hearing induction system on the ground floor.

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