Trust the Chinese to always dazzle us with innovative technologies as they have announced another crazy, ambitious plan. Recently, Physicists in Shanghai are constructing what they call a “Station of Extreme Light”, which they plan to bring on stream as soon as 2023. The end goal is to create a laser so powerful it can produce 100 petawatt laser pulses — that’s 100 billion watts, 10,000 times more than the world's electrical grid combined.
Right now I suppose this might start to sound like science fiction, but it gets even crazier. These awesome pulses could then be targeted at incredibly precise spots measuring just three micrometers across — which is the same as 2000 times less than the thickness of a standard pencil.
All these should generate a laser intensity 10 trillion times greater than the sunlight striking Earth. It should be so powerful, it should be able to rip empty space apart.
Now before you begin disbelieving, there is a scientific explanation to this. It is called "breaking the vacuum". This is the situation whereby electrons are torn away from positions (their anti-matter counterparts) in the empty vacuum of space.
Furthermore to show that these guys are not playing, the team led by Chinese Physicist Ruxin Lee have already created a less powerful version called the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser, which is capable of a 5.3 petawatt pulse. If the project comes online, it could give scientists a new way to accelerate particles for advanced physics research.
This further strengthens China's domination in the science and technology industry.
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