Researchers in Osaka, Japan have fired the most powerful laser ever created. They were able to produce a 2-petawatt laser beam using a device known as the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiment (LFEX). Nicknamed the “Death Star Laser”, its beam is equivalent to 1,000 times the world’s total electricity consumption. Despite the immense amount of power, the energy required for is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for 2-seconds. Continue reading for an image of what the machine consists of and more information.
“The team were able to produce such a high output from low energy by only firing the laser beam for 1 pico-second, or a trillionth of a second. To amplify the beam’s power, energy was applied to strategically-placed glass panels along the 328ft (100 metre)-long LFEX device. These glass lamps were able focus the beam to boost its energy as it passed through,” according to The Daily Mail.