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Image title: 
Laser experiment setup
Credit line: 
Bell Laboratories / Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Description: 

Experimental setup used by scientists at Bell Telephone Laboratories to obtain the first chemical reaction ever stimulated by light from a laser. Dr. Yo-Han Pao and Dr. Peter Rentzepis irradiated a sample of distilled monomer styrene with a pulse of light from a ruby laser and found that they had created polystyrene. The success of their experiment may open a potentially vast area of molecular phenomena that can be explored with laser's highly intense and monochromatic beam of light.

Photo date: 
March 1965
Original format: 
1 photographic print (black and white; 10 x 8 inches)
Person(s): 
Bell Labs Innovations
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