Laserfest Laser Diffraction


Lasers and Laserfest

Lasers have become commonplace in homes and in industry over the past 50 years since their invention in 1960. Explore these pages for more information about how they work and what they're used for.

Laserfest & Beam Me Up Scottie!

Laserfest is the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser.

Agnes Scott received an On the Road grant to support an outreach event based on educating the public on lasers and their many uses. The event, called Beam Me Up Scottie was an Open House at Agnes Scott College in October 2010 with hands on demonstrations of light and lasers, including a laser telephone, hands-on optics maze, laser radar for measuring the atmosphere, and sky viewing with the telescope. If you missed the event, you can explore these web pages for more information on lasers and videos of some of the demonstrations.

Descriptions of each of these demonstrations can be found under the links to Lidar, Lasers and Atoms, Light, Laser Communications, and Laser Espionage. For each experiment, we have included information on how it works.

Would you like to experience Laserfest at your school?

If you are a school local to Agnes Scott College, there are also opportunities for students to come here to learn more about lasers and for the demonstrations to come to your schools. Please contact Amy Sullivan (asullivan 'at' agnesscott 'dot' edu) for more information.


If you would like to go straight to our videos of our Laserfest demonstrations, pick a video below:

Laser Radar (Lidar)

Laser Telephone

Hands on Optics Demonstrations

Lasers in the Movies

Laser Spectroscopy