Scientists Produce Unprecedented 1 Megajoule Laser Shot, Step Towards Fusion Ignition
US scientists have produced a laser shot with an unprecedented energy level that could be a key step towards nuclear fusion, the US National Nuclear Security Administration said Wednesday.
Gravity up close: Looking for extra dimensions by measuring gravity at the microscopic level
Scientists know how gravity works at big distances -- the inter-planetary or inter-stellar range -- but does it work the same way at the inter-atomic range?
Scientists examine possibility of a phonon laser, or 'phaser'
Beautiful physics: Tying knots in light
New research published today seeks to push the discovery that light can be tied in knots to the next level.
Physicists freeze motion of light for a minute
Physicists in Darmstadt have been able to stop something that has the greatest possible speed and that never really stops. We're talking about light. Already a decade ago, physicists stopped it very for a short moment. In ...
Made to order diamonds hold key to stunning laser discoveries
(PhysOrg.com) -- Diamond is best known for being a prized gem and the hardest cutting element available, but now thanks to research being carried out at Macquarie University it is also proving to be a super ...
'Groovy' hologram creates strange state of light at visible and invisible wavelengths
(Phys.org) —Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have demonstrated that they can change the intensity, phase, and polarization of light rays using a hologram-like ...
Japan eyes solar station in space as new energy source
It may sound like a sci-fi vision, but Japan's space agency is dead serious: by 2030 it wants to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves.
Tabletop laser-like device creates coherent multicolor beams of ultraviolet, T- and X-rays
For the first time, researchers have produced a coherent, laser-like, directed beam of light that simultaneously streams ultraviolet light, X-rays, and all wavelengths in between.
Could solar wind power Earth?
Physicists build highly efficient 'no-waste' laser
A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, "thresholdless" laser that ...
A sonic boom in the world of lasers
It was an idea born out of curiosity in the physics lab, but now a new type of ‘laser’ for generating ultra-high frequency sound waves instead of light has taken a major step towards becoming a unique and highly useful ...
World's largest laser gears up for ignition experiments
(PhysOrg.com) -- Construction of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest and highest-energy laser system, was essentially completed on Feb. 26, when technicians at Lawrence Livermore National ...
World's largest laser opens (w/Video)
Scientists for decades have been hunting for ways to harness the enormous force of the sun and stars to supply energy here on Earth. The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory may spark the light ...