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Scientists in the USA are exploring pore-free and fully-dense neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) advanced ceramics. They believe these optically transparent materials could eventually replace YAG crystals in lasers for improved quality.
Michael Forrest is the new chairman of the IMMa committee. He took over from the inaugural chairman, Professor John Monhemius, who had led the committee since the IMMa was formed at the beginning of 2007.