When was the laser invented?

Teens running through with lasers

Many moons ago, Albert Einstein set the foundation for what would one day become an emitting, magnificent laser. As early as 1917, this genius was putting forward theories on how different atoms could interact to be able to create a laser light. The word itself, laser, is in fact an acronym for 'Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation'. 

Fast forward a few decades to May 16, 1960, and the glorious laser was born. 

The invention of the laser 

Theodore Maiman, an experimental physicist, was the inventor of this piece of technology that has since gone on to change the world. Mr Maiman was conducting research at the Hughes Research Laboratory in California, when he shined a high-power flash lamp onto a ruby rod with silver-coated surfaces, as reported in the book A Century of Nature: Twenty-One Discoveries that Changed Science and the World. The rest, as they say, is history.

The laser has been a big part of influencing other inventions in a wide range of industries. For example, in the entertainment world it lead to creating CD-ROMS and DVDs. For medical professionals, the laser has been a huge help. It's one of the biggest helpers for performing surgery on people with poor vision to grant them better eyesight. 

It is no secret that lasers have played a huge role in many professions, but here at AMF, we have another fun way of using this epic technology: Laser Skirmish.

Enjoy Laser Skirmish

This fast-paced, energetic game is a perfect opportunity to take your place in the history of the laser story. Bring all your mates along for a game, or take the family for an escapade through the dark zones as you shine your laser gun in an epic battle. Be the smarty pants of the group and share this story of the history of the laser as you head over to Laser Skirmish, impressing your opponents and team mates before you even set one foot inside!