Imagine a laser that fires super-powerful blasts of light ten times a second. A laser with one quadrillion watts of power. That's one powerful piece of equipment—the most powerful—and it's exactly what's being built for the ELI-Beamlines science facility in the Czech Republic.
The "High Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System," or HAPLS, is being built by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to power international laser research at ELI-Beamlines, the central research hub of Europe's Extreme Light Infrastructure project. The giganto-laser, capable of blasting high-power pulses shorter than 30 femtoseconds, will be used to research laser's applications in medical imaging, particle acceleration, quantum physics, and more. You know, cool science.