Science. August 7, 1987. Vol. 237.
Pages 605-625. American Association
for the Advancement of Science,
Washington, DC.

While laser scientists are busy worrying about femtosecond pulses, squeezed states and free electrons, lasers developed in the 1960s and ‘70s are finding their place in the research laboratory. Three scientific disciplines—geophysics, atomic physics and chemical physics—are highlighted in the August 7, 1987 issue of Science as representative areas in which lasers are making a substantial impact. The three articles demonstrate that as lasers mature, there are many new opportunities to use them as research tools to find innovative solutions to scientific problems.

.RJ. Hemley, EM. Bell and H.K. Mao review in simple terms the application of various laser techniques in preparing samples and probing structures and phase transitions at conditions that imitate Earth’s mantle and core. There are plenty of examples of data that have been collected....

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