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air forceUS military accelerating useful combat laser testing this year for deployments 2020-2022

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Four Star General Carlton Everhart, head of Air Mobility Commmand (AMC), told Air Force Times he wants to begin exploring this capability on a KC-135 refueling tanker in 2018. He took steps to get a KC-135 to the Air Force …

futureHolographic sails fixes last technical issues for interstellar laser pushed sails

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Greg Matloff and his wife, C Bangs, have researched the use of holographic films for solar and laser pushed space sails. Matloff’s work is described at Centauri Dreams. Greg Matloff is on the Advisor’s Board of Yuri Milner’s $100 million …

energy100 Petawatt lasers could tear apart vacuum by 2023

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In 2016, the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. achieved an unprecedented 5.3 million billion watts, or petawatts (PW). The lights in Shanghai do not dim each …

militaryUS Army has first-ever combustion experiment with X-rays

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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Propulsion made an historic first with its experiment in a gas turbine combustor using X-rays. The data will help advance gas turbine engine designs for higher power density and efficiency, …

energyThin film converts low grade waste heat to electricity at 19% of carnot efficiency

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Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much of that heat is less than 100 degrees Celsius and emanates from things like computers, cars or large industrial processes. Engineers at …

energyGeneral principles found to speed up the hunt for room temperature superconductors

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Scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Skoltech have demonstrated the high-temperature superconductivity of actinium hydrides and discovered a general principle for calculating the superconductivity of hydrides based on the periodic table alone. They have used a new …

medicinePetawatt proton beams at Lawrence Livermore

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Nearly 20 years ago, researchers conducting experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Nova Petawatt laser system — the world’s first quadrillion-watt laser — discovered that when the system’s intense short-pulse laser beams struck a thin foil target, an unexpected …

futureAtos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real Qubits

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Researchers at the Atos Quantum Laboratory have successfully modeled ‘quantum noise’ and as a result, simulation is more realistic than ever before, and is closer to fulfilling researchers’ requirements. The Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) now has advanced quantum hardware …

energyLPP Fusion works on cooling problem of an eventual fusion generator

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The cooling of the plasma focus electrodes, especially the anode, is likely to be the toughest engineering problem to be faced by LPP Fusion’s dense plasma focus project when they go from a demonstration of net fusion energy in the …

energyNuclear Fusion Update

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The Conversation claim nuclear fusion is back again. Nextbigfuture has been constantly tracking nuclear fusion and advanced nuclear fission every week for the past 13 years. The popular question is when will we have commercial nuclear fusion that has a …