Nick Holonyak Jr. creates quantum-well laser | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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In 1977, ECE alumnus and Professor Nick Holonyak Jr. and his students developed the quantum-well laser, which created a practical laser for fiber-optic communications, compact disc players, medical diagnosis, surgery, ophthalmology, and many other applications. This was an addition to his already impressive resume, which includes creating the first visible LED while at GE.

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Jan 04, 1977
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Nick Holonyak Jr. creates quantum-well laser