Early Soviet Papers on Quantum Electronics Beginning of the Laser Era in the USSR a special reprint collection for LaserFest
The 50th anniversary of the laser has stimulated worldwide interest in the history
of quantum electronics. This special collection, "Beginning of the Laser Era in the USSR,"
presents early Soviet pioneering works that had a significant impact on laser science and
quantum electronics. Several of the papers have never been published in English and were not
generally available outside the USSR.
LaserFest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th
anniversary of the laser, which was first demonstrated in 1960, and is a collaboration
between the American Physical Society, the Optical Society, SPIE and IEEE Photonics Society.
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.