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Scientific
In science, lasers are used in many ways, including:
  * A wide variety of inter ferrometric techniques
  * Raman spectroscopy
  * Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy
  * Atmospheric remote sensing
  * Investigating nonlinear optics phenomena
  * Holographic techniques employing lasers also contribute to a number of measurement techniques.
  * Laser based Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) technology has application in geology, seismology, remote sensing and atmospheric physics.
  * Lasers have been used aboard spacecraft such as in the Cassini-Huygens mission.
  * In astronomy, lasers have been used to create artificial laser guide stars, used as reference objects for adaptive optics telescopes.
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Military
Military uses of lasers include applications such as target designation and ranging, defensive countermeasures, communications and directed energy weapons.
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Medical
See also: Laser medicine
  * Cosmetic surgery (removing tattoos, scars, stretch marks, sunspots, wrinkles, birthmarks, and hairs): see laser hair removal. Laser types used in dermatology include ruby (694 nm), alexandrite (755 nm), pulsed diode array (810 nm), Nd:YAG (1064 nm), Ho:YAG (2090 nm), and Er:YAG (2940 nm).
  * Eye surgery and refractive surgery
  * Soft tissue surgery: CO2, Er:YAG laser
  * Laser scalpel (General surgery, gynecological, urology, laparoscopic)
  * Photobiomodulation (i.e. laser therapy)
  * "No-Touch" removal of tumors, especially of the brain and spinal cord.
  * In dentistry for caries removal, endodontic/periodontic procedures, tooth whitening, and oral surgery
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Industrial and commercial
A detailed list of industrial and commercial laser applications includes:
  * Laser cutting
  * Laser welding
  * Laser drilling...

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