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Superlaser to be built near Prague

Johnyz

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Just saw this in news (Google Translated). Only about 90km away from my town. I wonder what technology/wavelength they use.
 

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Well .. they don't say anything about actual output .. and I can hardly imagine how it could be stronger than that nuclear fusion ignition blaster.

Btw. Johny, how come you are not on the member map, I feel so alone ..
 

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There are some news .. the laser will be in petawatt range, pulsed of course .. very very short pulses .. and here is it's homepage:

ELI : European Project > Extreme Light Infrastructure

Here is some interesting resume (browsed the site for you):

ELI will be the first infrastructure dedicated to the fundamental study of lasermatter
interaction in a new and unsurpassed regime of laser intensity: the
ultra-relativistic regime (IL>1023 W/cm2). At its centre will be an exawattclass
laser ~1000 times more powerful than either the Laser Mégajoule in
France or the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the US. In contrast to these
projects, ELI will attain its extreme power from the shortness of its pulses
(femtosecond and attosecond). The infrastructure will serve to investigate a
new generation of compact accelerators delivering energetic particle and
radiation beams of femtosecond (10-15 s) to attosecond (10-18 s) duration.
Relativistic compression offers the potential of intensities exceeding IL>1025
W/cm2, which will challenge the vacuum critical field as well as provide a
new avenue to ultrafast attosecond to zeptosecond (10-21 s) studies of lasermatter
interaction. ELI will afford wide benefits to society ranging from
improvement of oncology treatment, medical imaging, fast electronics and
our understanding of aging nuclear reactor materials to development of new
methods of nuclear waste processing.

So the questions is .. will it pop balloons ?
 
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