Ultrapower Laser Mimics Temperature of the Sun

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Researchers have unveiled a radical new ‘ultrapower’ laser that can heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second.

The technique, developed by theoretical physicists from Imperial College London, could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.

They say it could lead to a breakthrough in thermonuclear fusion energy, where scientists seek to replicate the Sun’s ability to produce clean energy.

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The technique, developed by theoretical physicists from Imperial College London, could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.
The technique, developed by theoretical physicists from Imperial College London, could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.

HOW IT WORKS 

Normally, laser-induced electrostatic shockwaves push ions ahead of them, causing them to accelerate away from the shockwave but not heat up. 

However, using sophisticated supercomputer modelling, the team discovered that if a material contains special combinations of ions, they will be accelerated by the shockwave at different speeds.

This causes friction, which in turn causes them to rapidly heat. 

The heating would be about 100 times faster than rates currently seen in fusion experiments using the world’s most energetic laser system at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

‘It’s a completely unexpected result,’ said the paper’s lead author, Dr Arthur Turrell.

‘This method puts energy straight into the ions.’

When lasers are used to heat most materials, the energy from the laser first heats up the electrons in the target.

These in turn heat up the ions, making the process slower than targeting the ions directly.

The Imperial team discovered that when a high-intensity laser is fired at a certain type of material, it will create an electrostatic shockwave that can heat ions directly.

Normally, laser-induced electrostatic shockwaves push ions ahead of them, causing them to accelerate away from the shockwave but not heat up.

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