LASER TECHNOLOGY -- SCHAWLOW, A.L. & Charles H. Townes. "Infrared and Optical Masers", in: Physical Review, volume 112, second series, no.6, pp.1940-1949. Lancaster & New York: American Physical Society, 1958.
MAIMAN, Theodore Harold (b. 1927). "Optical and Microwave-optical Experiments in Ruby", in: Physical Review Letters, volume 4, no.11, pp. 564-566. New York: American Physical Society, 1960.
MAIMAN, T.H. "Stimulated Optical Radiation in Ruby", in: Nature, volume 187, no. 4736, pp.493-493. London: Macmillan, 1960.
JAVAN, A., William R. BENNETT Jr. & D.R. HERRIOT. "Population Inversion and Continuous Optical Maser Oscillation in a Gas Discharge containing a He-Ne Mixture", in: Physical Review Letters, volume 6, no.3, pp.106-110. New York: American Physical Society, 1961. INSCRIBED BY W.R. BENNETT JR, 'All the best, Wm. R. Bennett'. With a later copy of the above, INSCRIBED BY W.R. BENNETT, 'Best wishes from the Author, Wm. R. Bennett'.
BENNETT Jr, W.R. "Hole burning Effects in a He-Ne Optical Maser", reprinted from The Physical Review, volume 126, no.2, pp.580-593. [New York]: 1962. SIGNED BY W.R. BENNETT, 'Best wishes, Wm. R. Bennett'.
BENNETT Jr., W.R. "Radiative Lifetimes and Collision Transfer Cross Sections of excited Atomic States", reprinted from Advances in Quantum Electronics, pp.28-43. Columbia Press, 1961. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, 'Best wishes, Wm. R. Bennett'.
BENNETT Jr., W.R. "Background of an Inversion: The first Gas Laser", reprinted from IEEE Journal on selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, volume 6, no.6, November/December 2000, pp.869-875. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, 'Best wishes, Wm. R. Bennett'.
With a copy of the patent of Bennett's Gas Optical Maser (1964), and four photographs, two of Bennett Jr., ONE SIGNED, one of Charles H. Townes SIGNED, and a photograph of the first (helium-neon) gas laser taken shortly after it first oscillated on Tuesday, December 13, 1960, showing Bennett Jr., Javan and D.H. Herriot next to the laser, INSCRIBED BY BENNETT JR, 'All the best! Wm. R. Bennett', all preserved in a modern quarter morocco box gilt.
IMPORTANT PAPERS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LASER, including Schawlow and Towne's demonstration of the theoretical possibility of constructing a laser, Maiman's first demonstration of population inversion in ruby, followed by his first announcement of a working laser, and the first announcement of a continuous laser. 'Soon after Maiman's report Javan, Bennett Jr. and Herriott were able to demonstrate in a He-Ne gas discharge the first continuously operating laser. Within a few years lasers were developed in many other media, notably semiconductors', Gedeon, p.475.
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