Abstract

This paper reviews the history and current state of laser and laser-related research on the African continent. The major laser centers in northern, western, and southern Africa are discussed and their current research activities reviewed. Laser-related networks operating on the continent are introduced, and their impact on the development of laser centers is discussed. Commercial companies involved in laser manufacture are identified, and finally, an outlook on future developments will be attempted.

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