America Fires the Most Powerful Laser In History

The United States' National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California has fired the most powerful laser in history, a record-breaking 2-megajoule shot. The laser was originally designed to reach 1.875-megajoules, but beat everyone's expectations—and set a new world record in the process. » 3/21/12 2:28pm 3/21/12 2:28pm

Inside the Largest Laser and Fusion Chamber in the World

If you live in San Francisco's Bay Area and your name is Darth Vader, head to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the hottest laser action in the galaxy. Instead of destroying planets, however, the $3-billion National Ignition Facility will be used to fuse hydrogen atoms to create a small star and, in theory,… » 4/16/08 11:40am 4/16/08 11:40am