Requiescat in Pace

i-12d4e0d2c42be2f885f7af3f64d8d510-sm_SDL5400.jpgSDL 5401-G1, October 2001- February 6, 2007

SDL 5401-G1 (“Sid” to friends) died today of static shock, after five years of service in a grating-locked diode laser system. He had survived three lab floods, and more than a dozen power outages, but succombed to electric shock following a mishap with a Tesla coil.

He is survived by three siblings from the same batch, one of whom has already taken his place in the grating-locked laser mount. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send research grants.

Sic transit gloria laseri.


  1. #1 Brad Holden
    February 7, 2007

    That was really funny, but….

    What the heck was a Tesla Coil doing so close to your laser?

  2. #2 Perry
    February 8, 2007

    Did you leave out the part where he was really cheap, but highly valued cause he lased at JUST the right frequency????

    5 years ain’t bad from what me experimentalist friends tell me!

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