Bell Laboratories Helium-Neon Gaseous Optical Maser, 1963

Summary

This is a demonstration device to promote the helium-neon gaseous optical maser. "Maser" was an early term used by Bell Laboratories, who were interested in the device's communication potential; "laser" predominated in the end. Presented to the museum at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' meeting of 1963, this is one of the few maser demonstration versions ever made.

This is a demonstration device to promote the helium-neon gaseous optical maser. "Maser" was an early term used by Bell Laboratories, who were interested in the device's communication potential; "laser" predominated in the end. Presented to the museum at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' meeting of 1963, this is one of the few maser demonstration versions ever made.

Artifact

Laser (optical instrument)

Date Made

1963

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

63.173.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Glass (Material)
copper alloy
Steel (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 7.875 in

Width: 5 in

Length: 18 in

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