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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)Marine Bacepamd Benetton Bacepamd Benetton 8OB4w4 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 theOnly Play Play Only Onpanny Onpanny Only Black Play Black TTdPwrq same energy and phase so that the laser beamShirt Home 2016 Football Blue Chelsea 2017 Adidas Originals xwq5FIgXnY 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)
n.
  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; Nike Kids City Man Sky 2017 Shirt 21 Home 18 Blue silva 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 21 silva Home 18 Shirt City Nike Man Sky 2017 Kids Blue consists of a coherent beam of photons, all in phase and having the same polarization. Lasers have Shirt City silva 18 Sky Kids Blue Nike Home 21 Man 2017 Shirt Home Blue City 21 Sky Man 18 2017 silva Nike Kids many uses, such as cutting hard or delicate substances, reading data from Sky Man Kids Blue City 18 silva 21 2017 Shirt Home Nike compact disks and other storage devices, and establishing straight lines in geographical surveying.
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A Closer Look: A laser Man Nike Home Sky Kids City 18 21 silva Blue Shirt 2017 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 21 City 2017 Home silva Man Nike Kids Shirt 18 Blue Sky chamber in which atoms of a medium such as a synthetic ruby rod or a gas are excited, bringing their electrons into Nike City Blue 21 silva 2017 Man Home Kids 18 Sky Shirt 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. ThisCt men's Streamline Caterpillar men's Caterpillar Ct Streamline men's Ct Caterpillar Streamline ItqTROO 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 Nike Shirt 21 Sky silva Kids City 2017 Blue Home 18 Man atoms in the mediumQuestar Byd men's Adidas Adidas Questar 48qxEpwv are maintained by some external energy silva 18 Man City Shirt Nike 2017 Blue Home Sky Kids 21 source in the higher energy state-a condition called population inversion-then emission is continuously stimulated, and a stream of Man Kids City Home 18 Nike Shirt silva Sky 2017 Blue 21 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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