Officially called the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), this ultra powerful laser will emit 100,000 times more power than all of Earth’s power stations combined. It’s received the nickname “Death Star “Laser” for its similarity to Darth Vader’s laser wielding base in Star Wars. Continue reading for a video and more information.

The Daily Mail reports: “The system combines technologies from across Europe and around the world. It relies on a scheme referred to as ‘double-chirped pulse amplification,’ enabling high signal to noise in the output pulses which will seed HAPLS.

‘HAPLS’s high repetition rate will make possible new scientific discoveries. While scientists have long performed experiments with powerful single-shot lasers, they have never had an opportunity to repeat experiments at 10 times per second,’ said Livermore physicist and HAPLS project manager Constantin Haefner.”