Laser History Timeline

This timeline attempts to capture the important breakthroughs, innovations, articles, individuals, and events in the history of lasers. Please note that it is a work in progress; your comments and contributions are welcome. You may use the Contribute page to submit your suggestions.


2000

2001 - Attosecond soft...
2000 - Carrier envelope...

1990

1996 - GaN and ...
1994 - Quantum cascade...
1991 - Kerr lens modelocked...

1980

1988 - Epitaxial method used to...
1987 - Erbium-doped....
1986 - Ti-Sapphire laser...
1985 - Chirped pulse...

1970

1979 - AsP/InP surface...
1977 - Free electron...
1976 - CW InGaAsP...
1975 - First room temperature...
1974 - Femtosecond pulses...
1972 - First experimental...
1971 - Distributed-feedback...
1970 - Continuous-wave room...

1960

1969 - First demonstration of...
1968 - Discovered the...
1966 - Invented the...
1965 - Developed the Optical...
1964 - First fiber laser...
1963 - Developed the...
1962 - Three groups nearly....
1961 - First nonlinear optics...
1960 - First laser....

1950

1959 - First Quantum Electronics...
1958 - Concept of the...
1956 - Concept of the...
1954 - Demonstrated the first...
1950 - Suggests a method...

1930

1939 - Suggests method for...

1920

1928 - Early vacuum tube...

1910

1917 - Fundamental studies of the nature...