Jefferson Lab News - Jefferson Lab Lecture to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Laser

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- The topic of Jefferson Lab's Dec. 4 public lecture will be The Laser at 50. Join Jefferson Lab's chief optical scientist, Dr. Michelle Shinn, as she discusses the advancements of the laser and performs demonstrations with light.

There was a time not so long ago that the laser was "a solution looking for a problem," according to Shinn. Lasers are now used in many facets of everyday life – at home, work, retail, and in medicine and transportation. See demonstrations on how lasers work and how they are used; and learn about some ways they may be used in the near future.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12,000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. The program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science. It will last about one hour and include a question-and-answer period at the end.

Please enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo ID and security guards may perform ID, bookbag, purse and vehicle checks. For directions and information about other Fall Science Series presentations, call 269-5102 or visit .

For more information or color photos, contact Deb Magaldi at 757-269-5102 or Dean Golembeski at (757) 269-7689.


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