Move Over Death Star, World’s Most Powerful Laser Is Here

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Britain’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) and HiLASE (High average power pulsed laser), a Czech state research and development project, has developed a laser that is 10 times stronger than the best laser available to date. The technology can be revolutionary when it comes to the engineering sector. It has set a world record by delivering more than 1000 watts in a single output.

Bivoj, The Strongest Laser

The laser technology has been nicknamed “Bivoj,” named after the mythical Czech strongman. CLF director John Collier has predicted that the technology used to develop the laser may, in the future, transform the way high power lasers are applied. After the technology is perfected, it can assist in instant hardening of metal surfaces, processing semiconductors and micro-machining material, among other functions. The main sectors that can get the best use out of Bivoj would be aeronautics, automotive and power sectors.

“It’s a huge step forward, like an Olympic victory,” Collier said, reported Phys. The milestone is further significant for them, elaborated Collier, because it puts them on the map. They can proudly claim that their invention has broken a world record.

Why Bivoj Is Better Than Other Lasers

Bivoj also has fundamental differences when it comes to comparing it with other super power lasers. There are other lasers perhaps more powerful than Bivoj like the one-petawatt Texas Petawatt Laser in Austin and the two-petawatt Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments (LFEX) in Osaka, Japan. However, they are limited in their potential in the sense that they can only reach maximum power few times a day.

Hence, instead of an average power, they have repetition rate. Bivoj has an “average power,” which is greater than the repetition rate of the petawatt lasers. In fact it currently holds the record of having the highest average power in its category, reported Prague Monitor.

Bivoj will be subjected to further testing at the Dolni Brezany facility at the end of January this year. It is currently in its prototype phase. It weighs 20 tonnes and costs 44 million euros ($48 million). The scientists hope to develop a commercialized version of Bivoj in the second half of the present year.

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