The Laser Propagation Demonstration: a STEM-Based Outreach Project
Investment in laser technology has led to significant advances in remote sensing, astronomy, industrial processing, and medical technology. To celebrate this rich heritage and promote public awareness in optics and photonics, the SPIE Student Chapter at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) developed the Laser Propagation Demonstration (LPD). This interactive demonstration serves as one of AFIT's legacy outreach projects for events involving education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Initially developed with funding from a LaserFest grant awarded by SPIE in 2010, the goal was to develop a simple hands-on demonstration to highlight the optical effects of diffraction, refraction, and attenuation on laser propagation.
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Mark F. Spencer, Michael J. Steinbock, Milo W. Hyde IV, Michael A. Marciniak, "The laser propagation demonstration: a STEM-based outreach project," Proc. SPIE 9188, Optics Education and Outreach III, 91880D (15 September 2014); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2060879