Scientists have discovered how to create a real life 'superlaser' using an ultra-pure diamond. How exactly does it work?

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away someone boldly went somewhere or something, blah blah blah. But, the coolest part was this moon-thing made all these lasers that came together to make a superlaser! Remember that?

Turns out real life scientists have come up with a way to join smaller laser beams into a super powerful laser thanks to the light bending abilities of diamonds. But before we get into that, let's start with the basics of lasers real quick. Lasers are simply coordinated waves of light. If you could see the waves they'd all be aligned, going the same direction. The technology was developed in the 1950s with no real practical use at the time.

Today, science uses lasers to precisely measure distances, communicate, etch and cut, cool gases to near absolute zero, image tiny things (like bacteria), and hundreds of other world-changing applications.

And the more powerful they get, the more possibilities open up, so it behooves scientists to keep upping the power. Essentially, to create a laser, power is added into substances until they "lase" or emit aligned laser-light either in a continuous beam, or as pulses. But powerful lasers can be more than just death-beams, they can be used to image things as small as viruses and bits of DNA, and lasers with even more power could help us ignite fusion!

 

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