The all-purpose laser

Le laser à tout faire




The emission of the first laser flash, fifty years ago in 2010, marked a real breakthrough in the field of optics.
For the first time concentrated, orderly light existed which was unlike any other light. Every year since then, researchers have been striving to find new ways of ordering light in space, time or colour while developing new uses for laser light.
Lasers can be found in almost every CNRS laboratory in fields ranging from biology to the human sciences via chemistry, sustainable development and of course physics. Find out how laser light has become indispensable 50 years after its invention for measuring, analyzing or altering matter and for communication purposes.

CNRS Institute(s)


Digital version

Editorial and graphic design and production

CNRS: Institutes, CNRS Images, Communication Department

Exhibition panels description

11 pannels – 50 x 70 cm – 12 kg

Description of digital format

Files of the 11 panels - for a total weight of 30MB

Booking information

The loan is free of charge for a free presentation to your public, after signing a loan agreement.
The exhibitions can be complemented by a selection of films recommended by our scientific mediation officer.

Conditions for the loan of panels

Loan in the Paris area only: the transport costs for the sets of panels are to be paid by the borrower.

Loan conditions in digital format

Printing costs for digital versions are to be borne by the borrower.

Scientific topics

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