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Due to the 50th anniversary of the first laser, different events during the year 2010 will be held

Begun as a collaboration between the American Physical Society, the Optical Society and SPIE, LaserFest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was invented in 1960. From DVD players to eye surgery, the laser is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century—one that has revolutionized the way we live.

LaserFest Celebrations

Events around the world will showcase how the laser works, the history of the laser and its impact on society, and the laser's potential for the future.

LaserFest Activities and Events

  • Debates, Symposia, Demonstrations
  • Laser Show on Capitol Hill
  • Laser Traveling Lecture Series
  • LaserFest on the Road
  • Laser Days


Grants to promote events at LaserFest are avaiable for Student Chapters!

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