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Apr 2011 - The Misappropriation of Lasers by Hollywood

This talk and discussion was given by Dr. Ing John C Betts, a prominent Maltese engineer, on the use of lasers for state-of-the-art material processing in Malta. He gave an overview of the science behind laser beam generation and explored some of their uses. This was presented in the context of procedures for laser welding, laser cutting, laser direct fabrication, avoiding the attention of laser-guided weapons and potato peeling. A debate on the misrepresentation of lasers by Hollywood and diverse anecdotes was an essential feature in this event.