Doing the Wave in Many Ways

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Science  15 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5597, pp. 1354-1355
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5597.1354

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"Kaleidoscopic" doesn't begin to describe the variety of niches coherent waves have come to fill since scientists started giving them their marching orders. This sampler presents a few of the more prominent applications researchers have found for coherent light, sound, particles, and atoms.