Scientists at Osaka University have fired the world’s most powerful laser beam, which blasted out two quadrillion watts.
While that might sound terrifying, the energy of the beam itself was only powerful enough to run a microwave for around two seconds.
The beam was produced using the LFEX (Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments) which is around 100 metres long.
During the experiment, energy was applied to glass using lamps that resemble fluorescent tubes, which amplified the power of the beam exponentially.
Just because they’ve successfully fired the world’s most powerful laser doesn’t mean the researchers are resting on their laurels.
Osaka University’s Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Junji Kawanaka said, “With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts.”