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Electro-Optical Instrumentation: Sensing and Measuring with Lasers by Silvano Donati - University of Pavia

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Chapter 1Introduction

The coming of age of electro-optical instrumentation dates back to a few years after the invention of the laser, that is, during the mid 1960s. The enormous potential of lasers in measurements was soon recognized by the scientific community as one capable of providing new approaches with unparalleled performances. Plenty of successful examples of several instruments and sensors started to appear in the 1970s, including gyroscopes, laser interferometers, pulsed telemeters, and laser Doppler velocimeters. These instruments were at first just bright scientific ideas, but, after several years of research and development, they grew up to industrial products of great success.

Initially, military applications provided a big push ...

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