Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Texans Build World's Most Powerful Laser | Wired Science from "Scientists have switched on the world's most powerful laser, which for one-trillionth of a second is 2,000 times more powerful than all the power plants in the United States. The laser's output tops a petawatt, which is a quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) watts of power.

In the basement of the physics building at the University of Texas at Austin, the school's High Intensity Laser Science Group built a petawatt laser in hopes of recreating astronomical phenomena like supernovae in miniature.

'We can put materials into states that you can't access here on earth,' said Mikael Martinez, the laser project's manager. 'You'd have to go out into space and hang out with an exploding star to observe what we plan to observe here in Texas.'"

1 comment:

Fred Blosser said...

Somehow, I visualize Mike Myers' Dr. Evil at the switch.