Cover Story

Fostering and Funding Military Laser R&D

C. Yashar Ozberkmen

Military lasers are those devices and weapons that use amplified, monochromatic, coherent light to best advance the strategic capabilities of the armed forces. The U.S. Army first began using military lasers in 1965. At that time... more>>

Features

Mode-locking an Argon laser

S.F. Jacobs, G. Padmabandu, J. Valley, A. Chavez-Pirson, and D. Bass

Since the Argon ion laser is one of the most used lasers today (after semiconductor and HeNe gas lasers), we wanted to design an exciting and educational lab experiment involving an Argon laser. We felt pretty fortunate having an Argon laser in the first place and we wanted to keep further costs to a minimum. more>>


Photonics vs. electronics technologies

Anthony J. DeMaria

The following paper was presented as the lues Medal Address at the OSA Annual Meeting on Nov. 1. Figure I provides a brief historical introduction to the fields of electronics and photonics. more>>


The Beaujolaiser

Burt Brody and Don Beisser

We report here the development of a vital piece of equipment for any well-equipped facility: the Beaujolaiser. Since its introduction, the Beaujolaiser has inspired legions of satisfied users. more>>


Draft standards soon ready for comment

Robert E. Parks

Last month's column covered a few of the highlights of the ISO/TC 172/SC 1 meeting held in Monterey last November. This month, we continue this report and update some areas previously mentioned. more>>