Recollections of the
Alan D. White
Courtesy of Alan White
Alan White worked as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs
during its heyday for industrial research. Here, he recalls his work
with Dane Rigden to develop the first continuous visible helium-neon laser in 1962—and how the project evolved from covert
weekend tinkering to the talk of the lab.
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