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ASU Physics Student Group Hosting Laser Birthday Bash

November 16, 2010

Angelo State University’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) will host a LASERfest 2010 celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Laser on Saturday, Nov. 20, in the first-floor lobby of the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

The event will run from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20 and is open free to the public. Activities will include Laser demonstrations by the SPS Peer Pressure Team, videos highlighting historical events that led to the invention of the Laser, an overview of current Laser applications and a custom Laser light show in the ASU Planetarium. Birthday cake will also be served.

Invented in 1960 by U.S. physicist Charles Townes, the Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is a versatile light beam that has revolutionized the world with its many applications and importance in scientific research. It can be used for everything from transmitting information to cosmetic surgery.

The ASU event is just the latest SPS Peer Pressure Team activity as part of LASERfest 2010, a year-long celebration of the invention of the Laser sponsored by the American Physical Society and several partner organizations, including the Optical Society of America, SPIE and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

More information on LASERfest 2010 is available at www.laserfest.org/index.cfm. Free activity kits for middle schools are available at www.laserfest.org/events/kit.cfm and videos about the Laser can be found at www.laserfest.org/events/involved/contest.cfm.

For more information on the ASU celebration event, call the Physics Department at 942-2242.