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Scientists create 1,000-watt 'super laser'

Posted on Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 | Comment icon 11 comments

The new laser has a higher average energy output than its competitors. Image Credit: NASA
The impressive invention is reportedly around ten times as powerful as any other laser of its kind.
Developed by a team of British and Czech researchers, the "high peak power laser" has been nicknamed "Bivoj" after a Hercules-like character from Czech mythology.

According to physicist Martin Divoky, the $28 million laser, which was built at the HiLASE research facility in the Czech Republic, should qualify as a new world record holder.

While its peak power is not as high as that of its two main competitors ( The Texas Petawatt Laser in Austin and the two-petawatt Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments (LFEX) in Japan ), Bivoj is able to maintain a much higher average energy output and does not require as much recharge time.

Ultimately the team behind the project are hoping to commercialize the technology for use in a variety of engineering applications such as metal hardening and semiconductor processing.

Whether it will also earn them a place in the record books however remains to be seen.

Source: Engadget | Comments (11)

Tags: Laser

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew on 25 January, 2017, 20:14
Comment icon #3 Posted by Thorvir on 25 January, 2017, 20:28
(This is actually a pretty cool story, Still Waters, thanks for posting it) Oh, you mean a sophisticated heat beam....  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Torchwood on 25 January, 2017, 21:05
Can't have tested that in the Uk, we have health and safety regulations that would not allow people to stand next to such a high powered laser without, at the very least, some kind of railing...
Comment icon #5 Posted by NCC1701 on 26 January, 2017, 12:21
What's so special about a 1000 W laser, a dedicated amateur could build one..
Comment icon #6 Posted by badeskov on 26 January, 2017, 12:59
Not really. This is a solid state laser with a sustained 1kW average output. That kind of average output power level is new.  Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 26 January, 2017, 20:54
Can we be too far away from.. "Phasers fire. Point Blank!"  or Ronnie Reagan's Star Wars defense satellites?
Comment icon #8 Posted by docyabut2 on 26 January, 2017, 23:24
Comment icon #9 Posted by badeskov on 30 January, 2017, 1:00
And where did you get this silly idea, by all means of respect? Cheers, Badeskov PS: Your comments keep showing up in quotes.
Comment icon #10 Posted by badeskov on 30 January, 2017, 1:02
Mjah, so far the b***** weighs in at a mere 20 tonnes....I think there is still a ways to go before we have a satellite based solution.  Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #11 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 30 January, 2017, 13:07
Put it on a cargo plane, then off to find ISIS...

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