Scientist make 500 trillion watt laser shots

A trillion looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000. Now scientists at the aptly named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) have packed 500 of those into a series of laser shots.

A total of 192 laser beams delivered the staggering 500 trillion watts of peak power and 1.85 megajoules (MJ) of ultraviolet laser light to a target of just two millimeters in diameter.

No wonder they call it the Ignition Facility….

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