Our lives are so full of "little black boxes" that hide from us a level of complexity that few of us truly grasp. This is a HeNe (Helium-Neon) Laser refracted across some PC-104 hardware, with a touch of dry ice to highlight the beam. The speckled nature of the red areas is inherent to laser light.
Earned 5th place in the FujiMugs "Science and Technology" challenge.
Update 2005/08/05: Entered in the PhotoFriday.com "Complexity" challenge.
Update 2006/03/17: Entered in the PhotoFriday.com "Technology" challenge - couldn't resist that topic :-)
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Fri, 07/15/2005 - 23:32
This is my favorite. The more I look at it the more I like it. I love the colors and the HeNe makes me homesick (my dad's a chemical laser physicist). Neat neat. I can't believe you only got 5th.
Mon, 07/18/2005 - 15:56
Thanks Rachel! Chemical Laser Physicist, eh? Cool :-) I assume that involves mostly designing compounds for dye-pumped lasers and the like, or do they do a lot of solid-state stuff? That sounds like one lab very much worth visiting! Very glad they call themselves physicists too, and not chemists. After all, physics is The One True Science :-)
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