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Laser…the film

By Hamish Johnston

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Light is red, atoms are blue…

If light and atoms were people, what colour t-shirts would they wear?

Red and blue respectively — at least in a new educational video about the inner workings of the laser from physics blogger Clifford Johnson.

The video is called Laser and you can watch it on Johnson’s Asymptotia blog. However, Johnson recommends viewing it on YouTube, where a high definition version is also available.

Johnson uses a group of people to represent the atoms and photons inside a laser — and how population inversion and stimulated emission result in the emission of coherent light. It could come in handy if you are teaching an introductory atomic physics or optics course.

The video is the second in a series by Johnson and funded by the US National Science Foundation. The first film is called Shine a light and is also on YouTube.

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3 comments

  1. Paul

    …electrons are pink and the dynamo is red/blue!
    physics can be fun! Watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8wDC429NMM&feature=player_profilepage#t=38 :-)

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