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Collaborator of Townes in the first demonstration of the maser dies

Jim Gordon, close associate of Charles Hard Townes in the first demonstration of the maser in 1954, passed away on June 21, 2013. James P. Gordon is also known for his contributions to quantum electronics and optical communication theory. He was 85. In 1955, he joined the AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Following his seminal work on the ammonia laser with Townes in 1954, he worked on the theory of confocal resonators with Gary Boyd, and pioneered the use of quantum theory in optical communications. He was a co-author of the paper observing soliton propagation in optical fibers for the first time and defined the bit-rate limiting effect of soliton propagation due to the random walk of amplified solitons, now called the Gordon Haus Effect.

More details in the New York Times and OSA

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013

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