Standards Can Play Role in Scientific Progress

Standards deals not only with codifying existing science and technology, but with the development of new test methods and procedures to deal with the demands of new technology. Adolf Giesen of the Institute für Strahlwerkzeuge at the University of Stuttgart is the convener for ISO/ TC172/SC9/WG6 on standards for laser optical components such as lenses and mirrors. I had the pleasure of meeting with Giesen again in Paris and learning more about his work.

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