Pocket Sized Particle Accelerator Using THz Laser Pulses

A new pocket-sized particle accelerator has proven capable of projecting ultra-short electron beams with laser light at more than 99.99% of the speed of light. Researchers, led by Lancaster and Manchester Universities, have had to slow down light to match the speed of the electrons using a specially designed metallic structure lined with ultrathin quartz …

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Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

Asahi Kasei Corporation succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light. The laser diode emits the world’s shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers (nm), under pulsed [electric] current injection at room temperature. Previous efforts in the development of ultraviolet laser diodes had only managed to achieve emissions down to 336 nm. Laser diodes …

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Montreal Researchers on Track to 3 Petawatt Laser Pulses

Canadian researchers at the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) facility at INRS, generated 300 terawatt laser pulses (3 joules for a 10-femtosecond pulse). They plan to repeat the experiment with an energy of 3 petawatts (3000 trillion Watts – 13 joules over 5 femtoseconds). ALLS/LSF (Advanced Laser Light Source/ Laboratoire de Sources Femtosecondes) is a …

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Terahertz Plasmonic Lasers Achieve Record Power Output

Kumar, Jin and John L. Reno of Sandia are reporting another terahertz technology breakthrough: they have developed a new phase-locking technique for plasmonic lasers and, through its use, achieved a record-high power output for terahertz lasers. Their laser produced the highest radiative efficiency for any single-wavelength semiconductor quantum cascade laser. This is the first report …

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MegaCyberTruck for 3500 Mile Range and JLTV Replacement

Tesla has not created a Megacybertruck version for the US military. However, Nextbigfuture proposes an obvious ultra-long-range configuration that would totally outclass the JLTV and the combat laser mounted Strykers. Tesla could create a 1-megawatt hour version of the Cybertruck that would have 3500 miles of range and have JLTV level armor. The Cybertruck weighs …

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Latest Progress Towards Laser Pushed Solar Sails

Philip Lubin has led a team at UCSB to create laser arrays for propulsion and asteroid deflection. He has received NASA and Starshot funding. There have 100 students in his programs. They have created hardware components and performed various experiments. The DE-STAR (Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and ExploRation) has several sizes. DE-STAR-1 …

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Picosecond Lasers and Avalanche Reactions Generate 1 Billion Times Fusion Reactions

HB-11 Energy has published its progress towards generating commercial nuclear fusion using a dual laser method. the University of New South Wales reports that HB11 Energy has been granted patents for its laser-driven technique for creating fusion energy. They would use a largely empty metal sphere, where a modestly sized HB11 fuel pellet is held …

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Advanced Compact Particle Accelerators Funded by DOE

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide USD10 million over three years to advance particle accelerator technology for medical, security, energy, and industrial applications. The DOE Accelerator Stewardship program has already helped reduce the cost and improve the quality of cancer therapy, advance non-chemical methods of destroying pathogens and toxic chemicals, and enhance security …

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Israel Combines Laser Beams For More Powerful Laser Beams

Israel’s Defense Ministry and defense companies Rafael and Elbit Systems and academic institutions made a combat laser breakthrough. It is based on the precision of the laser beam, which can be focused on long-range targets and which can overcome atmospheric disturbances such as clouds and dust storms. They are able to take several laser beams …

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