Monday, April 25, 2011

Super Lazer In Production - Creates More Power Than All Of Civilization

 Firstly, I would like to apologize for lacking in the post section for the last week. My whole world became engulfed by my University finals weeks. It's nearly over though!

At any rate, here's the story:

The European Commission has given the go ahead on funding from the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania for three "ultrafast" laser laboratories in each respective country providing funding.

The project between the three countries is called the Extreme Light Infrastructure Project(click the name for their website, pretty interesting). Each of the three countries will contribute about $400 million to the project.

The Extreme Light Infrastructure Project plans to create many new powerful lasers, the first of which will fire at 10 petawatts, thats 8.9 petawatts more than the worlds current most powerful laser.

If you aren't sure what a petawatt is or how powerful it is lets put it in perspective. The power that the Earth receives from the Sun totals around 174 petawatts.

So what about the super laser they plan to create? Well...they are projected to have a firing rate of 200 petawatts. That's more powerful than the Sun.

I don't know what they plan on doing with a laser this powerful but apparently will could advance science and medicine quite a bit.

On a side note, the project coordinator Gerard Mourou says that he hopes it will be enough to "trigger the breakdown of the vacuum, the fabric of space-time itself."

Insanity.

Followers:
1. What do you think of this?
2. Space travel? Black holes? Worm holes? What could be the outcome?
3. Iced Tea or Lemonade?

31 comments:

Axis of Evil said...

1. Lasers are some really cool shit. I'd love to see more commercial applications
2. Not sure, the best part of science is finding stuff that you never expected.
3. Hard choice, but I'd go with lemonade on a hot day.

ed said...

1. the future is here
2. chaos
3. hard one, ice tea by a little

Titan of 2012 said...

Ed, I agree.

Wintermute said...

is this safe? are they trying to create the death star?

Trelin said...

How are they going to power that?

Iced tea of course. Leomanade is gross.

Jacob said...

1. Lasers are great... When used for good
2. Space travel, *wishful thinking*
3. Water.

mac-and-me said...

1. awesome
2. space travel through worm holes
3. iced tea

Erika said...

That is crazy stuff. All completely new to me though. XD

Oh, and lemonade all the way.

Slamcakes said...

Phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt Range (Terminator)

Danny Murphy said...

1. Kinda scary but technological progress is always good.

2. Space travel I'm hoping but we'll probably just kill ourselves with blackholes.

3. Lemonade

AJ said...

What is this? Deathstar 2.0?

I quite like the idea of space-time jumping though. Heh.

Alphabeta said...

I'd like an iced Tea right now thanks.

duffboi said...

1. Scary proposition, but I'm oh so curious about it!
2. I have no earthly idea.
3. I think we'll need both iced tea and lemonade if this laser goes awry!

ds said...

1. I think it will power the Death Star 0.1.
2. Maybe it would help us combine general relativity and quantum mechanics or some shit like that.
3. Lemonade!

Grafted said...

1.awesome
2.a possibility
3.iced tea, as long as it's green tea

Jay said...

1. awesome
2. even more awesome
3. both!

Kamchatka said...

Damn this is insane! LAZORRZ!!!
New weapons will probably come of this.
I like ice-tea with lemonade!

Kicking Rocks said...

1. oooo lazers
2. i could be posting on this blog while im posting on another blog.
3. Iced Tea

thenitefalls said...

1. I want to see LAZEEEEEEEEEERS
2. I'm not a fortune teller
3. Iced Tea for the win!

gman said...

1. I like it. GO SCIENCE!
2. That said I'm skeptical as to what they can discover with a couple of giant lasers.
3. Lemonade, the very fizzy sugary stuff.

The Game Store Guy said...

1. Oh god, Star Wars here we come.
2. Fry being his own Grandfather.
3. Depends on the day.

VersionDouble said...

1. Awesome
2. One way to find out... but it wont be space travel (just yet)
3. lemonade!

Stare Dad said...

Why would a laser that big be used on medecine? I think it can help in balistic defense, not in wormholes lol. ANd ill take an ice tea.

BTN Hip Hop said...

1. really cool
2. no idea, not educated in the area
3. lemonade all day baby

Glovey said...

Love the blog style! Keep up the great work!

Dootzkie said...

We'll be shooping da whoop in no time, I tell ya!!

Also, I am the Seer

Banacek said...

Is this the beginning of the Death Star?

Mr. Dough said...

1. Excited
2. We're all going to die
3. Neither, green tea

skinned sheep said...

maybe its to make a new kind of fast food? get it??

Toto said...

lazors ftw

King Elysium said...

How the hell do they find the power for it if it uses so much?

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