Saturday, May 30, 2009
Take 192 little laser beams and focus them on a single point and instantly you have the power of a Sun. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory unveiled its NIF (National Ignition Facility) laser this week. Could it be that our Rebel forces have under estimated the power of the dark side. Well sure we did! Our espionage budget is the less than the allowance of a 5th grader, $3.95 a week if your wondering. Unfortunately most of the that is spent on 44 oz Dr Pepper at the Quik Trip.
A US weapons lab on Friday pulled back the curtain on a super laser with the power to burn as hot as a star.
The National Ignition Facility's main purpose is to serve as a tool for gauging the reliability and safety of the US nuclear weapons arsenal but scientists say it could deliver breakthroughs in safe fusion power.
"We have invented the world's largest laser system," actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said during a dedication ceremony attended by thousands including state and national officials.
"We can create the stars right here on earth. And I can see already my friends in Hollywood being very upset that their stuff that they show on the big screen is obsolete. We have the real stuff right here."
NIF is touted as the world's highest-energy laser system. It is located inside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory about an hour's drive from San Francisco.
Equipment connected to a house-sized sphere can focus 192 laser beams on a small point, generating temperatures and pressures that exist at cores of stars or giant planets. ...