Birth of the laser diode: It all started in the U.S.

Hiroshi Shimizu*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Japanese Business and Economics
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Japanese Business and Economics
ISSN (Print)2197-8859
ISSN (Electronic)2197-8867

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance


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