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American Institute of Physics



April 2001
Volume 7, Number 2


The evolution of transport
Two futurists look at how human needs and transport modes have interacted over the past two centuries. Now, the authors postulate, we are poised on the edge of a new era---the maglev era --- Jesse H. Ausubel and Cesare Marchetti

Microsystems in Japan
Japan was one of the first countries in the world to provide systematic public funding for microsystems R&D. Its micromachine market is expected to grow from $4 billion in 1997 to $46 billion in 2015 --- Miwako Waga


Quantum cascade lasers turn commercial
Only seven years after it was invented at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, the quantum cascade laser is being developed into sensors for the auto, food, and oil industries --- Jennifer Ouellette

Briefs: Molybdenum as nanoconductor; memories from thin air; ferromagnetics; a nose comes of age --- Eric J. Lerner


Letters: Differential equations; Nobel Prizes

Forum: Answering industry's needs
–Eric J. Lerner


Careers: The physicist as quality engineer
–Mark Arnett

Corporate Associates: The cradle of xerography
--Charles B. Duke and Dan Hays

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