If You Can Make Your Car Tires Screech, You Can Build a Laser

Monday, March 11, 2013
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While this is not exactly the typical required experience you find in high-tech job descriptions, the point is that to learn how to make tires screech, you’ve already had to master a delicate balance between energy storage and energy dissipation. And that’s the key principle on which a special kind* of pulsed laser is based. Fig. 1: You don’t need a Ferrari to burn some rubber. A FIAT will do just fine. Lasers of any kind are already pretty nifty: they make bright, supersharp beams, generally of a single color. Pulsed lasers are one notch nif ..

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