Visions 1: High intensity lasers

Lasers, regarded only a few decades ago as exotic scientific tools, are now commonplace – used, for example, in supermarket barcode scanners and in CD players.

High intensity lasers

Today, research into new types of laser and laser phenomena is still a hugely active area in physics laboratories all over the world, with breakthroughs regularly reported. 

One of the most exciting ongoing developments is that of moderately-sized lasers capable of producing light pulses each with a power of more than a terawatt.

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