A couple of weeks ago, I announced a contest to determine the Most Amazing Laser Application. After a follow-up post listing the likely candidates, we have a final list of candidate applications, an even dozen of them (after consolidating some related topics):
- Cat toy/ dog toy/ laser light show
- Laser cooling/ BEC
- Laser ranging/position measurement
- Optical tweezers
- Optical storage media (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
- Laser ignited fusion
- Laser eye surgery
- Laser frequency comb/ spectroscopy
- Laser guide stars/ adaptive optics
Here’s how this will work: over the next week or so, I will write up a series of blog posts explaining these applications, and the pros and cons of each. At the end of that time, I’ll put up a poll, and we’ll decide the winner based on that most scientific of methods: random people on the Internet clicking radio buttons.
Watch this space– the first application post will appear this afternoon.