Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

More than 30,000 photos of scientists and their work

Attention ESVA patrons:

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives’ site is moving soon and adopting an open access approach to digital image sharing. Once we have transitioned to the new site in 2021, we will no longer charge for our high-resolution digital images or usage fees (note that we do not hold copyright to all the images in our collections and you will still need to obtain permission for those which we do not own).

If you are working on a long-term project, we advise you to wait until the migration is complete so that you may obtain our copies for free. If you cannot wait, email us at nbl [at] aip.org and we will do what we can to assist you. We will not be offering refunds for past purchases.

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Maiman Theodore F2

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Maiman Theodore F2

Jeff Hecht
Image title: 
Theodore Maiman studies a laser's main parts
Credit line: 
Copyright: Hughes Research Laboratories. For copies and permission to publish, please contact Hughes Research Laboratories, [email protected], [email protected] or www.hrl.com.

Atomic Radio Light - Man has created a source of 'coherent' light for the first time in history, a new electronic device called a laser (from Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), a Hughes Aircraft Company scientist has announced. Dr. Theodore H. Maiman of Hughes Research Laboratories, where the scientific breakthrough was achieved, studies the laser's main parts, a light source surrounding a rod of synthetic ruby crystal through which excited atoms generat the intense beam. The laser projects the radio spectrum to 500,000 billion cycles, 'lighting' the way for improved space communications and increasing the number of communications channels.

Photo date: 
July 1960
Original format: 
2 photographic prints (black and white; 10 x 8 inches)
Maiman, Theodore H.