Scientists developed the most powerful super laser of the world
Scientists claimed that they had successfully created and tested a super laser, which has 1,000-watt average power output. Named “Bivoj” after a Czech mythical hero, the super laser was developed at HiLASE, the Czech state-owned research facility, with the contribution of Britain’s Central Laser Facility.
According to Martin Divoky, a physicist working at HiLASE, this high peak power laser is 10 times more powerful than any other of its kind.
On December 16, Bivoj surpassed the 100 watts magical barrier in output, according to HiLASE director Tomas Mocek.
“It’s a huge step forward, like an Olympic victory,” he added.
“It is good for putting things on the map, but the more important point is that the underlying technology that has been developed here is going to transform the application of these high power, high energy lasers,” Collier told AFP.
The super laser weights in at around 20 tons and costs $48 million. However, Bivoj is not the only one of its kind. There are two more behemoths of this kind. The first one is the Texas Petawatt Laser in Austin and the two-petawatt Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments (LFEX) in Osaka, Japan. Albeit, they have a very high peak power, Mocek claimed they need so long to recharge that they can only fire a couple times a day.
“They do not have so-called ‘average power’. This is a combination of the repetition rate and the energy. Our laser has the highest average power, which is important. The repetition rate in Osaka and Austin is significantly lower.”
The super laser will have potential applications in the power, aeronautics, as well as the automotive sectors. Also, the scientists plan to commercialize the laser in the second half of the year.