Texas University unveils world’s most powerful laser

April 8th, 2008 - 3:35 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 8 (IANS) The world’s most powerful laser, more dazzling than sunlight on the sun’s surface, has been unveiled. Its output is 2,000 times the combined energy generated by all US power plants. Known as Texas Petawatt laser, it will enable University of Texas researchers to create and study matter at some of the most extreme conditions, including gases at temperatures greater than those in the sun and solids at pressures of many billions of atmospheres.

“We can learn about these large astronomical objects from tiny reactions in the lab because of the similarity of the mathematical equations that describe the events,” said Todd Ditmire of the University.

The Texas Petawatt laser that generates one quadrillion watts will also allow researchers to study advanced ideas for creating energy by controlled fusion.

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