“Set phasers to stun!” As one of the most-beloved sci-fi series of all time, Star Trek has captivated generations. Often praised for its surprisingly accurate scientific applications, choosing to use the fictional “phaser” rather than a laser in the show and films seems uncharacteristic of the franchise. Find out why the creators of Star Trek ommitted the use of lasers in this week’s Science Fiction or Science Fact post by clicking here.
What if you could “print out” a laser so small and inexpensive, it is practically disposable? Research teams in France and Hungary have developed tiny laser systems, using inkjet printing, that would cost mere cents to manufacture. While the widespread use of these “disposable lasers” is held back by the necessity of a high-energy power source, the researchers hope to find a smaller, simpler way to power the technology for future use in biological and chemical sample analysis. Learn more about the exciting process here by clicking here.
One of the innumerable advantages laser technology has given humanity is the ability to learn more about what exists beyond our atmosphere. Specifically, lasers have had a large impact on what we know to be true about our moon. The launch of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite in 2009 helped test one-way laser communications, as well as create 3D maps of the lunar surface. Discover more about the groundbreaking discoveries and more by clicking here.
In 1962, researchers at MIT fired a laser beam at the moon’s surface, in the first successful attempt at “lunar laser ranging.” Lunar laser ranging is the process in which a laser is used to measure the distance between the Earth and the moon. In the last 50 years, the measurements have become more precise; with discrepancies in mere millimeters. These days, however, researchers are running into challenges due to degrading equipment on the lunar surface. Find out more about what lunar laser ranging has taught us about the relationship between the Earth and moon by clicking here
In April, the Photonics Cluster on RWTH Aachen campus held its official grand opening. The facility is designated for research and collaboration between members of the scientific community, with a focus on laser applications. The grand opening event coincided with AKL ‘16 Eurogress, giving nearly 700 individuals the opportunity to view the facility. Learn more by clicking here.
Are you interested in laser safety training, but are unsure if online classes are right for you? Check out our 5 Benefits of Online Laser Safety Officer Training post, where we break down the beneficial aspects of taking laser safety officer courses online. If cost, convenience, or accessibility are preventing you from advancing your laser safety education, online courses may be a perfect solution. Check out the 5 key benefits of our online courses by clicking here.
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