In May of 1960, Ted Maiman fired the first laser, a low powered ruby laser that was dubbed "a solution looking for a problem." Today the laser is a critical part of our everyday lives. Whether it is powering the global internet, manufacturing our computer chips and smartphones, scanning our groceries, or enabling the technologies of the future, it is safe to say that the laser is no longer looking for a problem.
On May 16, 2020, SPIE will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Maiman's monumental accomplishment in conjunction with the International Day of Light. Here are some free resources for you to download for your celebration, along with some articles and videos that showcase the importance of the laser.