Subject Area: Lasers

Any project involving the use of lasers.

All parties MUST protect the safety and welfare of the student researcher.

What to Do…

Lasers that are within the visible spectrum and under 1500 mW MUST have a safety citation and an explanation of safety plans in the Research Plan.

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Have your teacher review your Research Plan BEFORE you begin any experimentation.

No operational lasers may be displayed with the project.

Key Concerns

Get APPROVAL from your teacher BEFORE you begin experimentation.

Lasers usually emit visible, ultraviolet, or infrared radiation, and are classified into four safety classes.

Class 1 and 2 lasers are strongly recommended.

Get a qualified adult to supervise your project.

Keep accurate records of what you did/observe.

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