Have you ever imagined what the world’s largest laser would do or how it could be used? So how large is the world’s largest laser meant to be? The one that is currently being devised by a few government lab scientists is almost the size of 3 football fields! According to these scientist the laser would be big enough for a star to shine right here on earth.
You are probably thinking that this is some kind of stolen script from a movie theme, very fictional and very funny. However this is nothing related to Hollywood or even fantasy. It is an experiment that will soon be carried out and news has it that it will be sometime during the later parts of summer. Definitely this is a novel way of bringing in autumn!
So why are scientists hell bent on creating the worlds largest laser? The only answer is that they are looking at a plan that will help energy crisis that the world has already begun to suffer. With this huge laser scientists will be able harness all the energy that this mini star is meant to emit.
Although this seems to be a possible idea, the downside about the laser is that there are not many labs’s who feel assertive about the invention. The researchers at California are looking to make use of huge nuclear fusion that would generate high energy reaction. However this dream has been an ongoing dream that is yet to be fulfilled. What you and I do not know is that although it may sound like one brilliant idea, it’s been almost half a century that this idea is still only a dream. Although it does seem that the invention would power out our energy crisis, the idea still has to take off!
An audit that was conducted by the US Government Accountability Officer this month itself has stated that the project has a lot of delays along with some mismanagement, and it would be highly unlikely that the project will ever see the light of day this year.
A few other researchers at Livermore however say that the topmost thing on their mind is not the specific time when this will be ready, but that the laser works like it’s devised to. According to these researchers, the device could take another two years to complete. The success of this experiment will also show the world that controlled fusion is now not just a distant dream but a possible reality. This was reportedly said by manager of the project Van Wonterghem of the National Ignition Facility.
So how does the lab intend building the world’s largest laser? Very simply put in, all they need to do is build the largest laser first, and then split it into two 192 beams each. All of this will be aimed just like how it is in firing range style. With deuterium and tritium applied on the tiny target and two hydrogen isotopes that are reactive in saltwater. Once this entire experiment goes off, it will be huge enough and hot enough to power the entire world.