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Laser power on a table.

Laser power on a table

Just as computer manufacturers are packing greater computational power into increasingly compact packages, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore (Calif.) National Laboratory have designed and built an extremely powerful tabletop laser that produces short, intense light pulses previously achievable only in much larger machines. Such a laser, which fits on a table 20 feet long and 10 feet wide, may prove useful in university laboratories for investigations of plasmas and for fundamental studies in atomic and molecular physics. The Livermore researchers have already used the laser's power to strip electrons from helium and neon atoms.
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Title Annotation:Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has built a powerful tabletop laser
Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 13, 1991
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