4th July 2018

Radio Praha: World's most intense laser system launches outside of Prague

The world's “most intense” laser system went online this week in the Czech village of Dolní Břežany outside of Prague. Known as the L3-HAPLS, the laser intensity of the system is more than six orders of magnitude higher than previous state-of-the-art models, Radio Praha writes.

The diode-pumped petawatt laser system – a petawatt being equal to a thousand trillion watts of energy – is said to be the most advanced one on the planet and boasts having the highest average power. 

The L3-HAPLS, short for High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System, will enable ground-breaking research in the fields of physics and material science, biomedical research and laboratory astrophysics. 

It’s all part of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, or ELI, project, to which hundreds of scientists around the world have contributed. Apart from the ELI Beamlines laser research centre in Dolní Břežany, there are complementary facilities in Hungary and Romania, where scientists will investigate light-matter interactions at the highest intensities and shortest timescales possible. 

Here in the Czech Republic, ELI Beamlines is managed by the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences. The range of potential applications using the new technology is exceptional, says Bedřich Rus, from the Academy’s Department of Laser Systems. 

“So, how can it be used? It can be used for a variety of research and development projects, from basic research to various applications. For example, with the laser, applied research can be used in new ways to treat cancerous tumours through medical imaging. It can lead to a revolution in this area. … There are many laser centres in Europe, the best known is in Great Britain, and there are others in France and Germany. But the ELI centre opening today – thanks to this technology that will be inaugurated – we hope will have an exceptional place in the world.” 

The ELI centres main mission is to become a truly multidisciplinary, user-oriented infrastructure to perform revolutionary scientific experiments and applications, combining advanced synchronized ultra-intense short pulse lasers and secondary sources of particles and x-rays. 

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