LFEx: The World's Most Powerful Laser

Researchers at the Osaka University in Japan produced LFEx, which stands for "laser for fast ignition experiments." This is the world's most powerful laser ever made, able to produce a 2,000-trillion watt laser beam. It fires in very short bursts, lasting about one trillionth of a second. This laser can vaporize matter and generate plasma.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. LFEx fires a 2-petawatt laser beam. 00:22

  2. A laser beam from LFEx lasts one trillionth of a second. 01:08

  3. Researchers at the University of Osaka are already planning to make a 5-petawatt laser. 02:37

Written by Curiosity Staff September 11, 2015

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