A physics professor in the Quad Cities has helped make a breakthrough in the field of ultra-fast optics. Jim Van Howe at Augustana College in Rock Island, has developed a laser that may have practical applications in telecommunications, medicine, manufacturing, and other industries. Van Howe says the pulse laser is about the size of a shoebox. And it creates a special range of the color red, for VERY short periods of time. For example, he says television pixels are on for one-thirtieth of a second, while their laser is only on for one-trillionth of a second or less.
People who are exploring the possibilities of "micro-machining" are interested in their pulse laser.
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