Welcome to part two of Lenox Laser’s 60-year anniversary retrospective of the creation of the laser. If you missed part 1, that can be found right here.
The great Greek mathematician Archimedes left behind three books or codex’s that we are aware of known as Codex A, B, and C. Codex C, initially finished in 1229, is known as the Archimedes Palimpsest because the book was taken apart. All the information was erased from the Archimedes Palimpsest. For years the book rotted away until William Noel at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, in January 1999 began the restoration process. Researchers asked Lenox Laser to restore this magnificent work while other researchers removed mold and things like discoloring and disintegration. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) issued a request to produce microscopic laser-drilled holes in thin tungsten film when confronted with an engineering challenge involving their Synchrotron X-Ray source. These small apertures proved critical to the team’s success in uncovering the Palimpsest’s “hidden treasure” as they helped make previously unreadable sections of the document clear. Finding hidden pieces in the book took the research team around eight years to complete. The Archimedes Palimpsest is an example of lasers being used to preserve history as best we can today.
With the laser, humanity has a powerful, multifaceted tool that can help shape the future. Here’s to hoping future generations unlock the laser’s potential like never imagined. It is such an honor for Lenox Laser to be a part of such a monumental achievement. To learn more about Lenox Laser, please visit Lenox Laser’s website.