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