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Man creates a monster 200W 'laser bazooka'

By T.K. Randall
July 1, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments

The device is so bright that it requires safety gear to use. Image Credit: YouTube / styropyro
A madcap laser junkie has created a device that is 33 million times brighter than the surface of the sun.
Shining a low-power 0.5mW laser in to your eyes, even for a brief moment, can cause irreparable damage - so imagine what would happen if you looked in to one that is 40,000 times more powerful.

The brainchild of YouTube user 'StyroPyro', this 200W 'laser bazooka' was created by focusing a whole cluster of high-power laser beams through a single lens.
The undeniably awesome invention is thought to be the most powerful hobbyist-level laser device ever created and is able to burn through everything from a cardboard box to a metal PC case.

Given its potential to burn someone's eyes out within the space of less than a second however this is one creation that you definitely won't be seeing for sale in the shops anytime soon.

Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by NCC1701 7 years ago
Wrong, a 0.5 mW laser would not do any harm to the eye.
Comment icon #2 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
And with the news that the Ozone layer is starting to repair itself, this man will blow the hole back open!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
"Hey honey, I know what I want for Christmas this year!"
Comment icon #4 Posted by Max Rockatansky 7 years ago
This is incredibly awesome
Comment icon #5 Posted by FlyingAngel 7 years ago
The cops will pay a visit for sure!
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
And.... Posts on Youtube and is offered dozens of Engineering University Full Scholarships.
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Sorry, I'm not impressed with this as far as being "Wow!" For many, many years in the industrial, scientific and defense communities there are lasers far, far more powerful than a 200-watt home-built contraption. EDIT: And no, his device will NOT melt steel, concrete or such.

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