Way back in the early days of ScienceBlogs, I ran a competition of sorts to determine the greatest physics experiment in history. I collected a bunch of nominations, wrote up a post about each of the top 11 entries, and then asked people to vote for their favorite.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the laser, let’s take a stab at something similar:
What is the coolest thing you know of that’s done with lasers?
Lasers are all over the place these days, from UPC scanners to telecom networks to optical drives to hospitals. All sorts of fascinating things have been done with lasers over the past half-century. Which of those things is the most impressive?
It could be a commercial application, it could be an everyday technology. It could be something few people outside the field of laser science have ever heard of. Whatever you think is the most amazing thing done using lasers, leave your nominations in the comments. I’ll compile a list, write up a blog post detailing the pros and cons of each, and then we’ll have a vote and officially declare your favorite the winner.
Nominations will be open until Monday, Feb 8th, at which point I’ll put together the list, and start posting write-ups about the top nominees.
(This is not in any way affiliated with the APS-sponsored LaserFest program, on account of I just thought of it now, and am posting it on my own blog.)