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Abella, Isaac D., 1934-
Oral history interview with Isaac D. Abella, 1985 October 22.
Ph.D. thesis under Charles H. Townes, with research (in collaboration with Herman Cummins) directed towards achieving an operating laser. How Abella became Townes' thesis student and joined Cummins in 1959 in research on the potassium laser. Difficulties of work with the potassium laser; Townes' abiding interest in the project even while he was on leave at the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA); pumping sources for the potassium laser; work on the cesium laser; Oliver Heavens' role in their laser project; his and Cummins' reaction after learning that Maiman successfully operated the world's first laser; Townes' directive that Abella switch from cesium to ruby maser work; and aspects of his thesis work on 2-photon absorption and his experiment with Sven Hartmann on photon echoes.
Townes, Charles H.
Lasers -- History.
Lasers -- Research.
Photons.
Masers -- Research.
Lasers
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Cummins, Herman.
Hartmann, Sven.
Heavens, Oliver Samuel.
Maiman, Theodore H.
Bromberg, Joan Lisa. interviewer.
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