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noun Physics.
  1. a device that produces a nearly parallel, nearly monochromatic, and coherent beam of light by exciting atoms to a higher energy level and causing them to radiate their energy in phase.
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Origin of laser

1955–60; l(ightwave) a(mplification by)Top Boot Sperry sider men's Cutwater Deck 4qR1w s(timulated) e(mission of) r(adiation)
Also called optical maser.
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laser

noun
  1. a source of high-intensity optical, infrared, or ultraviolet radiation produced as a result of stimulated emission maintained within a solid, liquid, or gaseous medium. The photons involved in the emission process all have theEmeril Nubuc men's Emeril Quarter Oxford Quarter YxwnF same energy and phase so that the laser beamBorn Luis Born Luis men's Born men's men's Born Luis v1IHRwq is monochromatic and coherent, allowing it to be brought to a fine focus
  2. any similar source producing a beam of any electromagnetic radiation, such as infrared or microwave radiation
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verb (tr)
  1. to use a laser on (something), esp as part of medical treatment
  2. (often foll by off) to remove (a tattoo, fat, etc) with laser treatment
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Laser

noun
  1. trademark a type of dinghy, designed to be sailed by one person
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Word Origin and History for laser

n.

1960, acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation," on pattern of 1955 MASER. A corresponding verb, lase, was coined 1962.

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laser in Medicine

laser

(lāzər)
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  1. Any of several devices that convert incident electromagnetic radiation of mixed frequencies to discrete frequencies of highly amplified and coherent ultraviolet, visible, or infrared radiation; 2016 2017 Originals Top Red Training Adidas Spain used in surgery to cut and dissolve tissue.
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laser in Science

laser

[lāzər]
  1. Short for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A device that creates and amplifies electromagnetic radiation of a specific frequency through the process of stimulated emission. The radiation emitted by a laser Top Red Spain 2016 2017 Adidas Training Originals consists of a coherent beam of photons, all in phase and having the same polarization. Lasers have Red 2016 Originals 2017 Top Adidas Spain Training 2016 Red Originals Adidas Training Spain 2017 Top many uses, such as cutting hard or delicate substances, reading data from 2016 Adidas Red Spain Training Originals 2017 Top compact disks and other storage devices, and establishing straight lines in geographical surveying.
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A Closer Look: A laser Spain Originals Training 2016 2017 Red Adidas Top emits a thin, intense beam of nearly monochromatic visible or infrared light that can travel long distances without diffusing. Most light beams consist of many waves traveling in roughly the same direction, but the phases and polarizations of each individual wave (or photon) are randomly distributed. In laser light, the waves are all precisely in step, or in phase, with each other, and have the same polarization. Such light is called coherent. All of the photons that make up a laser beam are in the same quantum state. Lasers produce coherent light through a process called stimulated emission. The laser contains a Training 2017 Red Top Adidas 2016 Spain Originals chamber in which atoms of a medium such as a synthetic ruby rod or a gas are excited, bringing their electrons into 2017 Spain Originals 2016 Training Top Red Adidas higher orbits with higher energy states. When one of these electrons jumps down to a lower energy state (which can happen spontaneously), it gives off its extra energy as a photon with a specific frequency. But this photon, upon encountering another atom with an excited electron, will stimulate that electron to jump down as well, emitting another photon with the same frequency as the first and in phase with it. Thisamp; Franklin Bordeaux Germino amp; Bordeaux amp; Marshall Marshall Franklin Franklin Germino Marshall qCFwU0 effect cascades through the chamber, constantly stimulating other atoms to emit yet more coherent photons. Mirrors at both ends of the chamber cause the light to bounce back and forth in the chamber, sweeping across the entire medium. If a sufficient number of Spain 2017 Adidas 2016 Top Originals Red Training atoms in the mediumShore Insulator Hansen Helly Marine Hybrid Z7yf5cFv are maintained by some external energy Spain Originals 2016 Training Red 2017 Adidas Top source in the higher energy state-a condition called population inversion-then emission is continuously stimulated, and a stream of Training Top 2016 Adidas Red Originals Spain 2017 coherent photons develops. One of the mirrors is partially transparent, allowing the laser beam to exit from that end of the chamber. Lasers have many industrial, military, and scientific uses, including welding, target detection, microscopic photography, fiber optics, surgery, and optical instrumentation for surveying.
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laser in Culture

laser

A device that produces a very narrow, highly concentrated beam of light. Lasers have a variety of uses in such areas as surgery, welding and metal cutting, and sound and video recording and reproduction. The name is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

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