An interesting but slightly dated paper is available without the usual paywall, 
which covers a number of advanced optics projects which were once classified, 
and may still be partially hidden -  like the photonic bomb…

"Brian Ahern" <> wrote:

This nanometric laser was developed in 1996 under an AF SBIR Phase II contract. 
I was the  contract monitor. Prof. Nabil Lawandy developed LASER PAINT. It 
incorporated nanopowders that scattered light and resulted in stimulated 
emission  It is widely used today.

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