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The other Laser Show Resource Guide pages (see list at left) contain links to the various manufacturers, associations, magazines, etc. listed in the pages. Websites for laser show companies, theme park users and planetariums can be found at the Pangolin clients page.
     In addition, the following general-purpose links may be useful. If you have any additions, changes or updates, please Contact Pangolin.
 


The International Laser Display Association. They have a website that is occasionally updated, plus a sophisticated and informative online magazine, The Laserist featuring many resources.


Laser F/X, a comprehensive collection of laser light show information. Much of the information is "backstage", so be sure to click on the Backstage link as well.


Laserfreak.net, one of the first, and still one of the most comprehensive forums for laser shows and holograpy. This forum mostly caters German hobbyists called "Laser Freaks", but there are English, French and Dutch forum topics as well.


Photon Lexicon, a forum with discussion groups that cover a wide variety of laser display topics. This forum is mostly dedicated to laser show hobbyists, but laser professionals do frequent this site.


Sam's Laser: A Practical Guide to Lasers for Experimenters and Hobbyists. Covers safety, info, links, parts, types, drive, construction. From Samuel M. Goldwasser.
        "Sam's Laser FAQ was developed to provide a unique resource for experimenters and hobbyists - as well as just plain old basement tinkerers. To the best of my knowledge, nothing as comprehensive has ever been available anywhere else in the explored universe (and almost certainly beyond) either on-line or in print." Click below for:
        Table of contents page
        More direct link to page which includes laser show information


A novel semiconductor device called LASORB that protects Laser Diodes from Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) and Power Surges (invented by Pangolin's William R. Benner, Jr.)


A small screen dimming utility program for Windows called PangoBright, which allows you to control the screen brightness of your monitors.


A wide variety of information on lasers and laser safety from Rockwell Laser Industries.


November 2004 article in of Laser Focus World Magazine, featuring several quotes from Pangolin President William R. Benner, Jr.: Laser light shows take on new dimensions

January 2005 Annual Review and Forecast from Laser Focus World Magazine, featuring several quotes from Pangolin President William R. Benner, Jr.

January 2007 Annual Review and Forecast from Laser Focus World Magazine, featuring several quotes from Pangolin President William R. Benner, Jr.

May 2010 Optics and Photonics News article A Short History Of Laser Light Shows.

January 2011 Annual Review and Forecast from Laser Focus World Magazine, featuring several quotes from Pangolin President William R. Benner, Jr.

January 2012 Annual Review and Forecast from Laser Focus World Magazine, featuring a discussion of the 9% growth in sales and use of Pangolin to power large scale laser shows.


A superb laser history site with photos and accounts of scanner technology and early laser shows. Includes photos of the first laser show (though there's undoubtedly some dispute over exactly who was first and what constitutes a laser show...) and a pioneering show, "Lovelight" which featured not only abstract imagery, but also representational graphics as well. (Note, the original site with this content has been removed from the internet. The link above provides pages from the Internet Archive, so access to this site from here is very slow...)


Another superb laser history site by Lowell Cross -- Inventor of the modern laser light show (Lowell's participation was also described in the Laser History link above). On this site, Lowell has a detailed history starting in 1961, which takes you through a history that starts with sound, goes to abstract figures on television sets, and then finally to abstract figures produced by multi-head, multi-colored lasers. Although never really attaining graphics capabilities shown in the "Lovelight" link above, this site shows the inner workings of how early laser shows were done, and the thought processes behind them.



   

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Related non-laser-show links

LASER SCANNERS: Technologies and Applications is a book about galvanometer scanners and how they are used to project laser shows, written by Pangolin's President William R. Benner, Jr.


History of the laser, as told by Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies) who employed Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow. At this site is a photo of the Townes/Schawlow laser patent.
        Of course, Gordon Gould may disagree with the Bell Labs history. He litigated against Bell Labs and others, and after decades of lawsuits he won recognition for his patents.


For some fun: Another interesting site covering, among other topics, edge-emitting lasers and vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers:

Click to learn more about semiconductor physics



   
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