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Photo by Ken ColeEnjoying the celebration are (left to right) Optical Society Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Rogan, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby.

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Photo by Michael LucibellaFlag Hall of the Museum of American History was redecorated for the LaserFest celebration.

 cake web largePhoto by Ken ColeThe LaserFest celebration featured a large birthday cake in the shape of Maiman's original laser. At some point, however, hunger overtook the crowd and the cake was sacrificed.