X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

500 Trillion Watt Laser Would Make Doctor Evil Proud

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

Doctor Evil always had modest dreams, all he really wanted were sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads. But not ones to settle for something so lame, a group of researchers at the National Ignition Facility inside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has set a record by creating the most powerful laser beam ever.

The scientists are trying to create a laser powerful enough to ignite hydrogen fusion. They fired 192 individual laser beams at the same time delivering a total power of 1.85 megajoules of ultraviolet laser light. That powerful laser light was aimed at a target 2 mm in diameter. 1.85 megajoules doesn’t mean a lot to most of us, but when you break it down to watts that amount of power is staggering.

The single laser shot produced over 500 trillion watts of power. To put that in perspective, the beam was 12,500 times more powerful than the demand for electricity in all of Britain in 2006.

[via Wired]



Mini Handheld Game Console 2.0

Mini Handheld Game Console 2.0

Audi e-tron Sportback

Audi e-tron Sportback

The Science of Snow Driving

The Science of Snow Driving

Advertisement
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Specs and Pricing

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Specs and Pricing

Carspotting Japan: “Hot Crack” Suzuki Wagon R Graffiti Car

Carspotting Japan: “Hot Crack” Suzuki Wagon R Graffiti Car

2020 Toyota Camry and 2021 Avalon Get AWD Versions

2020 Toyota Camry and 2021 Avalon Get AWD Versions

Advertisement