China’s Building A LASER That Could ‘Tear Space Apart’

by | Feb 1, 2018 | Experts, Headline News | 31 comments

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    The Chinese are building a laser that is 10 trillion times more intense than the sun and could rip apart space. Physicists say that this laser could be operational as early as 2023.

    Physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the world has ever seen. At the heart of their laser, called the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. After kindling the light in the crystal and shunting it through a system of lenses and mirrors, the SULF distills it into pulses of mind-boggling power.

    The end goal is to create a laser so powerful it can produce 100-petawatt laser pulses or 100 million billion watts. To put that number in context, that’s 10,000 times the power of all the world’s electrical grids combined. These immense and powerful pulses could be targeted at incredible precise spots measuring just three micrometers across – that’s 2000 times less than the thickness of a standard pencil.

    This means the researchers could achieve a laser intensity 10 trillion trillion times greater than the sunlight striking earth. According to the Science Mag, this laser would be so powerful it “could rip apart empty space.”  Physicists hope to achieve a phenomenon known as “breaking the vacuum,” whereby electrons are torn away from positrons (their antimatter counterparts) in the empty vacuum of space.

    The laser could also power demonstrations of a new way to accelerate particles for use in medicine and high-energy physics.

    Should the laser prove successful, it would be a striking illustration that matter and energy are interchangeable, as Albert Einstein’s famous E=mc2 equation states. Although nuclear weapons attest to the conversion of matter into immense amounts of heat and light (energy), doing the reverse is not so easy. But Li says physicists working on the SEL laser (Station of Extreme Light) are up to the task. “That would be very exciting,” he says. “It would mean you could generate something from nothing.”



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      1. You put your left hand in you put your right hand out…you do the hokey pokey and you shake it all about THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT!


        “What the hell is a petawatt!”

        • When my cat farts. Watt a stink!

        • it rhymes with “alot”

        • A petawatt is a guy who uncontrollably chases little watts.

      3. Mad scientists. God help us.

        • I can’t wait for the optical DVD drive they put that thing in!! Or maybe they just plan on using it to weld up a new space station on the moon. Either/or – it’s damned cool.

      4. Oh geez….something else to worry about.

      5. Ho-Lee-Fuk-Sum-Ting-Wong

      6. I’m building a fart that could rip my Fruit Of The Looms apart.

      7. They have 1.2 billion people and virtually every one of them has a desire to learn (unlike many of the US underclass and those emulating them). Their people are getting educated at the best universities such as MIT and due to the changes in fortune (thanks to one way trade agreements) returning home to greater opportunity than in the US. Their kids learn science and math ours learn tutti fruity humanities and sociology. Unless there is a significant change in direction the second half of the 21st century will belong to China.

        When I hear a young person say they have a 4 year degree my first thought is regression not advancement.

        • idiocracy WAS a documentary, afterall….no mention in there of being able to make a WEAPON, fired from space toward…..U.S.?…..and if they can make THAT by 2023….why not something MUCH smaller, easier, cheaper, SOONER?……(like, ohhh, maybe…..NOW?)

          • Its not necessarily this but rather the course of direction the US and China are going in. The great advantage of the US is that people don’t fear failure. They don’t like it but its not a cultural disgrace unless you quit trying. In Asia saving face is everything. The US disadvantage are the numbers of future higher educated in the sciences and math and personal discipline.

          • A former NCIS person told me in the late 1970s that the government already had deadly hand-held laser weapons. So there’s no telling what they have now, 40 years later.

            • Its true. I remember seeing a photo waaay back then of a soldier holding one of these things. It kind of looked like an almost-square film-reel-holder, about 18-in square.

      8. Bullshit.

        • Menzo:

          Tesla created a laser weapon.

          Chinese are better at improving inventions than actually coming up with inventions themselves. Partly it is cultural, but mostly it is inherited.
          White people are discriminated against in education.

          If European Americans don’t take the reigns from the Mongolian Turks who control the Central banks and also the Universities built by WASPS, scholarships will continue to go disproportionately to themselves. These Turks are part European but they only identify as white when it suits them. They are suppressing whites at Harvard and MIT.

          We should stop educating Asians. American people are still primarily the descendants of white settlers who created our Universities based on established European Schools. White people stand up for your rights. Your children’s future depends on getting back your civil rights. White people are discriminated against in education.


      9. If they can bounce it off satellites and use a multi angle mirror like a disco ball effect and spin the smaller beams they could most definitely rule the world and after all isnt that what its all ever about.

      10. Melt and burn every t I ing it hits and deep in the ground also. Rock and buildings would melt into lava everytjing else would vaporize.

      11. They might rip a whole in outer space, but patriots in Texas will certainly rip them a new ass when they come here, that’s for certain. Don’t invade Texas, you don’t want to come here.


      12. If this is true, could they not use a laser like this to destroy incoming ICBMs.? Seems to me a much less powerful laser as this could be mounted on a direction guidance system, and pointed directly at “anything” in the sky….me thinks so.!!!!!

      13. The thing here is that a dozen other countries are doing the same thing.
        The US actually was the first to get to more than 1 petawatt and that was in 1996.
        Science magazine has a great article on all the countries building these, and what they can and can’t do with them.

      14. You guys are all fullashit

      15. Doing so, will open up something that most have never dreamed of. An entire new area of space that can be used for other purposes. :O … be warned, we’re not alone in that space.

      16. ??? Next watch Bullwinkle post stories from the Onion as fact, nuthin’ up my sleeves, Presto!!

      17. February is MILF History Month, don’t forget to help a mother out

      18. the laser wont last long if they use the usual chinese electronics

      19. maybe this is our best shot at fighting off an alien invasion

      20. Could possibly put a hole into the Firmament.

      21. “Mad scientists. God help us.”
        Mad, indeed.
        The Tower of Babel?
        Like a renter fleeing a roach infested apartment, the Annunaki fled this side of the Ice Wall, the Gods have left us. Can we not see and teach, the people who call themselves Scientist will not restrain themselves, scientist must be governed by Laws, like a Tavern owner has laws for running his/her establishment. The first law, do the universe no harm.
        Yeah I know, but, the Scientist refuse to obey the Law and continue to create terribly murderous crap, fun for them, a horrible end for us if we don’t control them.
        Actually, it is way past midnight for that little strategy, we. are just verily hanging on by the skin on our chinny-chin chin. Why are people acting insane, because people are insane, like animals of the forest, humans can sense things, had to, have to.
        What people are sensing, rather a religious kind of destruction or a “natural” kind of destruction, people sense doom. This, is making people crazy, driving us insane, pushing us farther and farther out onto the ice.
        Without massive, murderous, intervention, I think we will get to see the end, sooner than any of us think, much sooner than any of us want.
        You know, it really is a slap in our faces, those of us who keep warning folks about what is up, and, down. It seems like some crazy idea, an idea of say, people, having trouble identifying their sexuality, crazy crap like this takes off, goes viral, the whole world participates and condemns, the wrong people.
        If they chose to be ignorant then let them be ignorant, the Lawyer said. If only Earth and all the innocent animals, creatures, life kinds, had such an option. Thing is you see, we don’t have but one life and one Earth and we are being hustled out of both of these, life and Earth.
        How is it we cannot escape the few who chose to take the ship of life down. I’ll tell you how, by the influence of the Television, Hollywood and the Publishers, the Schools and the Churches, people have been programmed to think in ludicrous fashion, so just as the movie said it would be, it is. War, is Peace.
        As things go more toward the end, look for the minority of us, who are us, to start doing something about these who will tear our world apart. A time will come when we let the world of Politicians, Judges, Police and the Military, that Banker King in England and his chosen people, know: WE, ARE DONE WITH THE CRAP, GET DOWN AND STAY DOWN.
        No more Mister Nice Guy, no more MS. Nice Girl, we are getting ready to fight — – back.

      22. Why should someone want to rip the space apart?

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