Birth of the Laser Diode: It All Started in the U.S.

  • Hiroshi Shimizu
Part of the Advances in Japanese Business and Economics book series (AJBE, volume 21)


The first laser oscillation in the world was achieved by Theodore Maiman at Hughes Research Laboratories in California in 1960. Two years after that, in 1962, four American organizations almost simultaneously succeeded in oscillating the first laser diode. How exactly were these laser diodes first developed? This chapter explores the process and history of the laser diode’s development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Shimizu
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  1. 1.Faculty of CommerceWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan

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