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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