Thursday, January 26, 2012

Most powerful laser ever made can heat matter to over 3.6 million degrees







Technology is amazing isn't it?

Its a new X-ray laser, BILLIONS of times more powerful then any other X-ray source out there currently. Scientists say it could lead to unlocking secrets of the Sun.

"Scientists at the US Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory created the laser, which fires rapid-fire laser pulses to heat up matter to over 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit and then probe what's going on inside. At those temperatures, matter turns into a special form known as solid plasma, which is only found inside the cores of stars and massive gas giants."

The laser is know as the "LCLS" or "Linac Coherent Light Source" and was fired at some aluminum foil which flash heated to created the solid plasma, which lasted for a trillionth of a second.

Extremely short but enough time to measure its effects. They hope to eventually use these experiments to recreate the nuclear fusion that powers the Sun. Not to mention any military applications this holds, like below:





Well, maybe. Never know.






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18 comments:

  1. time for some fun physics experiments

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  2. Gah the laser! That's pretty intense right there.

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  3. that's incredible! who'd even think it's possible to heat things up to a 3.6 mill degrees?

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  4. geezus.. at least they can pop balloons properly now..

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  6. Hmmmm, I'm really not sure how I feel about this. I did read the article but, admittedly, I'm no science geek so I didn't fully understand everything. However, when 'they' start talking about mimicing nuclear fusion that powers the sun, I get a little nervous. That's way powerful stuff. Tell me this is going to improve the quality life for us and I'll jump on the band wagon. And BTW, very cool blog here!

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  7. Why do people feel the need to mess with science like this??? Think about what all those harmful rays are doing to our planet. Think of all the new awful diseases that are going to come from emitting such extreme radiation into the environment. Sigh...

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  8. I want one! I hate my neighbor.

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  9. oh that is awesome...just imagine the damage you could do!!

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  10. Think cats would still chase it?...

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  11. A trillionth of a second? How long is that? :)

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