CSIR releases world first digital laser

2013-09-17 14:51

Laser. (Gerry Broome, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced the development of the world’s first digital laser at a presentation on Tuesday.

The innovation was expected to spur numerous applications to improve the communication and health sectors, Professor Andrew Forbes of the CSIR National Laser Centre said in Pretoria.

"Our device represents a new way of thinking about laser technology and we see in it a new platform on which the future technologies may be built.

"We believe that this [innovation] can be used in health, as a research tool, [but] not as a clinical tool yet. We are already working on this plus other devices in communication," he said.

The laser technology could significantly solve bandwidth problems.

The experimental work in the laser project was done by doctoral candidate and CSIR researcher Sandile Ngcobo.

The work was done in the mathematical optics group at the CSIR, led by Forbes.

According to Wikipedia, a laser is a device which emits light through a process of optical amplification based on stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation.

The term laser originated as an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
Read more on:    csir  |  technology  |  good news

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.