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Communicate on a light beam. Circuits for sending data communications over a beam of laser light. Also involves the use of fiber optics for short distance transmission. Use to transmit digital information from a computer.
BYTE May 1979 (v.4#5) pg. 32
Correction BYTE Aug 1979 (v.4#8) pg. 194

A laser update. An overview of current laser technology in preparation for experiments with both gas and semiconductor lasers.
COMPUTERCRAFT Apr 1991 (v.1#1) pg. 62

Computer Art. Simple programs for drawings and accompanying sound for computer art shows. Includes instructions for generating a laser light show by bouncing a laser beam off of a small mirror attached to a speaker cone.
COMPUTERS & ELECTRONICS Jan 1985 (v.23#1) pg. 10

High-voltage projects SPECIAL SECTION. (1) Jacob's ladder. (2) Solid-state Tesla coil. (3) Lightning bulb (an electrical display inside an ordinary light bulb). (4) Stun gun and dazer. (5) Laser power supply. (6) Plasma globe display. (7) High-voltage pulse generator. (8) Kirlian photographs.

Laser light show. Motor-mounted mirrors and electronic drive circuits are used to generate complex geometric patterns. Use with any laser. Est. cost: $99 (kit).
ELECTRONICS NOW Apr 1995 (v.66#4) pg. 33
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Oct 1995 (v.66#10) pg. 15

Laser experiments. Build a basic low-power helium-neon gas laser.
ELECTRONICS NOW Apr 1996 (v.67#4) pg. 49

Laser experiments. (1) Optical seismometer. Includes instructions for a photographic recorder which makes a permanent record of earth movements over a 24-hour period. (2) Laser listening device. Modulated laser light is picked up by a simple parabolic detector.
ELECTRONICS NOW Jul 1996 (v.67#7) pg. 62

Laser experiments. Optics and optical experiments. Using lenses, diffraction gratings and mirrors to learn more about lasers and their properties.
ELECTRONICS NOW Aug 1996 (v.67#8) pg. 31
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Nov 1996 (v.67#11) pg. 11

Laser experiments. Using lasers in security systems. Using lasers in construction and surveying.
ELECTRONICS NOW Sep 1996 (v.67#9) pg. 77

Laser experiments. Entertaining with laser light.
ELECTRONICS NOW Oct 1996 (v.67#10) pg. 70
Correction ELECTRONICS NOW Jan 1997 (v.68#1) pg. 18

Laser experiments. Generating laser-light patterns using mirrors, motors and electromagnets.
ELECTRONICS NOW Nov 1996 (v.67#11) pg. 70

Laser experimenter. Visual productions and light shows. Ideas for using rotating mirrors, beam splitters, speaker modulator, etc.
ELECTRONICS NOW Dec 1996 (v.67#12) pg. 78

Laser-light special effects created by mirrors attached to a galvanic coil (galvanometer). How to build and activate a galvanic-coil mirror assembly.
ELECTRONICS NOW Feb 1997 (v.68#2) pg. 73

Laser communications simulator uses LED's to simulate laser transmission of signals through the air and through fiber optics.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Apr 1979 (v.68#4) pg. 26

A laser burglar alarm you can build. Uses Metrologic Instrument model ML-310 laser available assembled or in kit form. Use mirrors to direct a beam of laser light all around the perimeter of an area you wish to protect.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #540 May 1973 (v.69) pg. 136

Computer-controlled laser light show. A low-power He-Ne laser, two miniature servos, interfaces and a home computer let you create dramatic lighting effects to accompany your music.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Apr 1987 (v.4#4) pg. 46

Laser eavesdropping. Intercepting conversations inside a closed room by detecting and demodulating a laser beam reflected from a window pane.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Nov 1987 (v.4#11) pg. 74

Safe, low-cost experimenter's laser generates a modest 0.5 milliwatts at 6328 angstroms. Est. cost: $50.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Dec 1969 (v.31#6) pg. 27

Laser beam communicator. Audio modulated, low-cost laser. Est. cost: $145 per station (plus telescope).
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] May 1970 (v.32#5) pg. 27

Transmit and receive black and white TV pictures over a substantial distance with a license-free laser beam video link. Est. cost: $150 plus TV camera and receiver.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Nov 1974 (v.6#5) pg. 32

Build a semiconductor laser communications system. Uses pulse modulation to achieve a range of one kilometer or more (3300 feet).
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jul 1975 (v.8#1) pg. 39

Miniature dc-dc converter allows a tiny watch battery to power a neon lamp or even a powerful semiconductor-laser pulser which require 70 to 150 volts at relatively low current.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] May 1979 (v.15#5) pg. 93

A history of the laser and a look at the current state of the art.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Dec 1980 (v.18#6) pg. 76

All about lasers. Learn about the beams of light that are changing our lives, and explore the inner workings of the machines that produce them.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1990 (v.7#9) pg. 66

Build a simple, inexpensive power-supply circuit for a low-power helium-neon gas laser tube (0.5 mW to 7 mW rating). A mounting idea for the laser tube is also shown.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1991 (v.8#9) pg. 32
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Dec 1991 (v.8#12) pg. 4

Power supply for a helium-neon laser tube does not require expensive or exotic components.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1993 (v.10#6) pg. 78

Build a working ruby laser.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1964 (v.185#5) pg. 62

How to design automotive anti-collision systems. Part 1. An in-depth look at various designs with enough information for the advanced hobbyist to build his own.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jul 1977 (v.48#7) pg. 44

How to design automotive anti-collision systems. Part 2.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Aug 1977 (v.48#8) pg. 52

Build this helium-neon laser. Accompanies an article which looks at the history and theory of lasers.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jun 1986 (v.57#6) pg. 42, 69

Build this laser listener to eavesdrop on a window from across the street. Use conversation-induced vibrations of a window pane to modulate a laser beam.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Oct 1987 (v.58#10) pg. 39
Added Info RADIO-ELECTRONICS Nov 1987 (v.58#11) pg. 8

Universal laser power supply that can be easily adapted for use with various kinds of hobbyist and experimenter laser tubes. Operates from a 12-volt, 750-mA source. Output voltage is between 800 and 2000 volts AC. Est. cost: $39.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Mar 1989 (v.60#3) pg. 33, 74

Helium-neon gas lasers can be built at home by the persevering amateur.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Sep 1964 (v.211#3) pg. 227
Added Info SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Dec 1965 (v.213#6) pg. 108

Device for cleaning the soft-coated dielectric mirrors used in continuous lasers of the helium-neon type.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1966 (v.215#5) pg. 149

How to construct an argon gas lasers with outputs at several wavelengths.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Feb 1969 (v.220#2) pg. 118

How to make a tunable laser using organic type dye. Can be made using ordinary hand tools for less than $75.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Feb 1970 (v.222#2) pg. 116

Experiment uses Faraday cell in the construction of a laser-light modulator.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1970 (v.223#5) pg. 120

How to construct a carbon dioxide laser that produces a beam of infrared radiation. Details of construction and operation provided.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Sep 1971 (v.225#3) pg. 218

Infrared for the amateur. How to build an infrared laser and a Christiansen filter to isolate a narrow band of frequencies in the infrared spectrum as well as single colors of visible light.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Mar 1973 (v.228#3) pg. 114

How a laser beam and a photocell are used to measure the dirt content of water.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Jun 1973 (v.228#6) pg. 112

Details on the construction and operation of a nitrogen gas laser that puts out pulses in the ultraviolet spectrum and can operate on a six-volt battery.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Jun 1974 (v.230#6) pg. 122

How to produce dazzling laser displays. Use loudspeakers to vibrate mirrors which then reflect laser light into a variety of patterns.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Aug 1980 (v.243#2) pg. 158

Homemade mercury-vapor ion laser that emits both green and red-orange.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Oct 1980 (v.243#4) pg. 204

The amateur scientist. More about dazzling visual displays produced by lasers. Includes designs for rotating mirrors and prisms and a beam chopper.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Jan 1981 (v.244#1) pg. 164

How to observe and explain the "speckle" (speckled pattern) generated when light from a laser is scattered from a surface whose irregularities are about equal to the wavelength of the light.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Feb 1982 (v.246#2) pg. 162

The amateur scientist. A ball bearing aids in the study of light. It also serves as a kind of "lens". A study of diffraction utilizing laser beams.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1984 (v.251#5) pg. 186

A homemade copper chloride laser emits powerful bursts of green and yellow light.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Apr 1990 (v.262#4) pg. 114