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Jeff Hecht, BEAM: The Race to Make the Laser (Oxford University Press, New York, 2005)

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Optoelectronics and Photonics: Interesting Topics

Joan Lisa Bromberg, The Laser in America 1950-1975 (MIT Press, Cambridge, 1991)

John M. Carroll, "What led to the invention," chapter 2, pp. 60-101 in The Story of the Laser (E. P. Dutton, New York, 1964)

Jeff Hecht and Dick Teresi, "The short but tempestuous history of the laser," chapter 4, pp. 49-61 in Laser: Supertool of the 1980s (Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1982)

Allen Maurer, "Masers to lasers, how they work and the men who made them," chap 3 of Lasers: Light Wave of the Future (Arco, New York, 1982)

Robert W. Seidel, "From glow to flow: A history of military laser research and development," Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 18 111-147 (1987)

Charles H Townes, How the Laser Happened, Adventures of a Scientist, 1999. New York, Oxford University Press.

Mario Bertolotti, The History of the Laser, [Translated from Storia del laser by M Bertolotti, Bollati Boringhieri 1999] Philadelphia, Institute of Physics Publishing, 2005.

James Cavuoto, Laser Pioneer Interviews: Theodore H. Maiman, A Candid Discussion with the Man who Build the First Laser, Lasers & Applications, May 1985, p85-90.

C. Breck Hitz, Laser Pioneer Interviews: Arthur L. Schawlow, A Nobel Laureate Reviews the Theoretical Work on Stimulated Emission that Led to the Laser. Lasers & Applications, December 1985, pp. 53-57.

Jeff Hecht, Laser Pioneer Interviews, A Talk with the Man who Counts Among His Accomplishments the Discovery of the CO2 Laser. Lasers & Applications, July 1985, pp. 81-85.

Richard Cunningham, Laser Pioneer Interviews: William Bridges, By April of 1964, the Argon Ion Laser Was a Laser Whose Time Had Come, Laser & Applications September 1985, pp. 83-88.

C. Breck Hitz, Laser Pioneer Interviews: Charles Townes, Lasers & Applications, January 1985, pp. 67-70.

Jeff Hecht, Laser Pioneer Interviews: Gordon Gould, Laser & Applications, January 1985, pp. 73-76.

Jon Lisa Bromberg, The Birth of the Laser, Physics Today, October 1988, pp. 26-33.


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