In 1917, the great Albert Einstein first developed the theory of stimulated light emission, the precursor for the modern laser. In the infographic below, sponsored by Coherent, Inc., notable dates and achievements from the last century related to the development of laser technology are highlighted in a vertical timeline. Today, lasers are used for a huge variety of commercial and industrial applications, from medicine to military to scientific research. If you’ve ever taken an interest in how the modern laser, in its many different variations and applications, came to be, have a look at the historical background of the laser’s development.

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