APPLICATIONS OF LASERS
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS HANSCOM AFB MA
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Fundamentally this article is a survey of applications of lasers. The applications are divided into six major areas precision measurements, communications, biological and medical, other scientific areas, metalworking, and miscellaneous. A table of the basic characteristics of the major types of lasers is provided so that the user can be made aware of the limitations and capabilities of lasers. Good examples of applications in each of these areas are described in some detail to illustrate which major properties of laser radiation are useful in that particular area. Most of the discussion pertains to present-day applications but in some instances what appear to be good future applications are also described. Seventy-two references to the technical literature that relate to applications are provided.
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