Laser beams, in a way, might appear to be a material scientist’s dream: They can deliver concentrated “pure” energy to almost any material, and they do so exactly where, when, and in the quantity desired. Once available, lasers simply had to be used in materials science, if only because they were there. Things have, of course, turned out to be slightly more complicated, as we discuss in the following. Nevertheless, the fascination of transforming materials by laser beams will certainly continue to catch the fancy of scientists and engineers for many years to come.
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