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Dr. Evil would be proud of The University of Texas's petawatt laser.
The lasers at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas

The most powerful laser in the world was announced at the University of Texas at Austin last week. The massively powerful laser is rated at one petawatt and is the only petawatt laser operating in the United States.

A petawatt is one quadrillion watts and when the laser is turned on it generates the power output of more than 2,000 times all of the power plants in America according to Todd Ditmire a physicist at the university.

Ditmire goes on to say that the laser is brighter than sunlight on the surface of the sun when activated. For those wondering how exactly the university keeps from bursting into flames when the laser is on Ditmire says that the laser is activated for a 10th of a trillionth of a second (0.0000000000001 second).

Researchers at the University of Texas plan to use the massive laser to create environments similar to extreme conditions in the universe. The researchers plan to study gases at temperatures greater than those in the sun and solids at billions of atmospheres of pressure.

The researchers also say that they plan to create mini-supernovas, tabletop stars and very high-density plasmas that mimic brown dwarfs. The powerful laser will also allow the study of advanced ideas for creating energy by controlled fusion.

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RE: Quite reasonable
By Crusty on 4/8/2008 12:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, because we have cows running around the middle of campus. The only cow that matters is Bevo and nobody will be vaporizing him with a laser.

RE: Quite reasonable
By judasmachine on 4/8/2008 1:45:43 PM , Rating: 2
'cept maybe a clever aggie who sneaks in.

RE: Quite reasonable
By aguilpa1 on 4/8/2008 2:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
and the oxymoron of the day...., clever aggie , you get a gold star

RE: Quite reasonable
By tanishalfelven on 4/8/2008 2:57:45 PM , Rating: 2


ps. am i an the only who can't find a link to the utexas site with this annoucement.

RE: Quite reasonable
By mmatis on 4/8/2008 8:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
Thought I heard a rumor that Bevo was the oxy moron...

RE: Quite reasonable
By judasmachine on 4/9/2008 2:50:29 AM , Rating: 2
Such is why it's never happened. ;)

RE: Quite reasonable
By mindless1 on 4/8/2008 8:09:46 PM , Rating: 2
Now you know why you don't have cows running around campus, but darn good brisket.

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