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    Here's an ad I found in the September, 1966 issue of Laser Focus magazine. it shows the first CO2 laser made by Coherent, while still in the garage. A Model 40 laser this style tube went in to was on display at CLEO a few weeks ago. Such humble beginnings! Silicon Valley!!!!

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    fantastic stuff - looks kinda like my garage
    As you say - such humble beginnings...

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    Beautiful.

    Don't you just love this old stuff

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    Imagine being in that garage then. 75 Watts of invisible beam coming out the end of that simple glass tube of glowing gas. In your garage in '66! And the laser pointer crowd is blown away by a few hundred milliWatts to light a match. Put a lens in front of this beast (or probably back then it would've been a concave mirror) and you'll see some real sparks fly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert hess View Post
    Imagine being in that garage then. 75 Watts of invisible beam coming out the end of that simple glass tube of glowing gas.
    Oh, I dunno, Bob.... there's a large, custom glass tube and hoses and... OMG - an Erlenmeyer flask!!! Looks like some kind of terrorists' meth-rocket lab, for-sure - better call DHS and SWAT, ASAP!!!!

    Thanks for that cool pic... love seeing those pioneering lasers - here's another 'old beaut'... (though much 'younger'..)

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    ...I'd love to see this baby with the cover off... got any pix, by any chance?

    cool, Man....
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    Very nice! What year is that from? Any dates on the document?

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    Hey RH -

    Quote Originally Posted by robert hess View Post
    Very nice! What year is that from? Any dates on the document?
    Looks like the doc is from 1978, but I gotta believe the 921 was around long before that... I am sure our 'resident SP-man' can answer that... he got to work with them! Sir Bish, what sayeth-you?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsli_jon View Post
    Hey RH -



    Looks like the doc is from 1978, but I gotta believe the 921 was around long before that... I am sure our 'resident SP-man' can answer that... he got to work with them! Sir Bish, what sayeth-you?...

    peace...
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    we built four of them in 1978 thru 1980 and as far as i know there were only 4 built. they might have built some before i got there but im not real sure.

    dang robert that brochure is 10 years before I ever saw a laser. Cool beans stuff.
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    Ok, Pat, here's one that goes waaaaay back at Spectra-Physics. At CLEO I spoke with John Ekstrand (at S-P essentially from the beginning), who put me onto looking for one. This page is from the January, 1967 issue of Laser Focus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by robert hess View Post
    Ok, Pat, here's one that goes waaaaay back at Spectra-Physics. At CLEO I spoke with John Ekstrand (at S-P essentially from the beginning), who put me onto looking for one. This page is from the January, 1967 issue of Laser Focus.


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    I was wondering when that would come up...an rf excited argon laser.

    I knew of one that was in mint condition up in a place we called the bowling alley in building two in mountain view. I wanted it but the marketing manager at the time said that SP wanted to keep one of every type of laser made. The bowling alley was a very long room upstairs in building two...sort of a storage place. I was given the task to..."dispose of"...other types of lasers that we may or might not have had for "evaluation" so I did. end of story.
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