Last week, I asked for nominations of the most amazing laser application, with the idea being that I will collect a list, write up the top vote-getters in a series of blog posts, and then we will have a vote to determine what is THE coolest laser application of ALL TIME!
At least, you know, as far as you can do that on a blog…
Nominations will remain open until next Monday, but I wanted to remind people, and give you a list of the top nominees thus far. These will be pretty hard to top, but there are still lots of laser applications that have not been mentioned, so be sure to get your vote in by Monday:
- Cat toy/ dog toy/ laser light show
- Laser cooling/ BEC
- Measuring the Earth-Moon distance
- Optical tweezers
- Optical storage media (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
- Laser ignited fusion
- Laser eye surgery
- Laser frequency comb/ spectroscopy
Those are in order roughly according to the number of times each was mentioned in the comments to last week’s post. Cat toy/ Laser Floyd is winning by a safe margin, which probably says something about my readership.
If you’ve got your own favorite application, or would like to bump something else up the list, leave a suggestion in the comments.