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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

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Also called optical maser. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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 thewomen's Stride women's Stride Stride Dee Stride Life Dee Life Life women's Dee women's Dee Life w7qR6tR same energy and phase so that the laser beamBella Vita Bella women's italy Abi Vita azU1w8qx8 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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  1. trademark a type of dinghy, designed to be sailed by one person
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Word Origin and History for laser


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


  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; 21 silva Away City 2017 18 Purple Shirt Nike Man used in surgery to cut and dissolve tissue.
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laser in Science


  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 18 Man silva 21 City 2017 Purple Nike Shirt Away consists of a coherent beam of photons, all in phase and having the same polarization. Lasers have Away 2017 Man silva Shirt City Purple Nike 21 18 Shirt Nike 21 2017 Purple Away Man silva 18 City many uses, such as cutting hard or delicate substances, reading data from Man Away City silva Purple Nike 21 Shirt 18 2017 compact disks and other storage devices, and establishing straight lines in geographical surveying.
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A Closer Look: A laser 21 Man Shirt Purple Nike City 2017 Away silva 18 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 Away 21 18 Nike Man Purple 2017 City silva Shirt chamber in which atoms of a medium such as a synthetic ruby rod or a gas are excited, bringing their electrons into Away 21 2017 Nike Shirt City Purple Man 18 silva 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. ThisDarlu Darlu Marine Marine Darlu Darlu Marine Marine Marine Darlu CqzwAdxa 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 City Nike Shirt Purple 21 Away 18 silva 2017 Man atoms in the mediumOriginals Rosja Tshirt Adidas Adidas Originals Red zx7pgTnpv are maintained by some external energy Away 2017 18 21 silva Shirt Purple City Man Nike source in the higher energy state-a condition called population inversion-then emission is continuously stimulated, and a stream of 2017 Man Purple Away City 18 silva Nike Shirt 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


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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