This laser with advanced technology has reportedly been built at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in Oxfordshire.. PHOTO/ IFL SCIENCE
LONDON – England is reportedly busy building the world’s most powerful laser. No joke, the funds disbursed reached £85 million or the equivalent of IDR 1.6 trillion, which means the laser will be brighter than the Sun.
As reported by Metro on Friday (29/9/2023), this laser is expected to revolutionize scientific research and produce new discoveries in various fields such as clean energy and cancer treatment.
Named ‘Vulcan 20-20’, this laser with advanced technology has reportedly been built at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Central Laser Facility (CLF) in Oxfordshire.
The Vulcan laser is claimed to be 100 times brighter than its predecessor, and exponentially brighter than the brightest sunlight in the Sahara Desert.
“Re-establishing the UK as home to the world’s most powerful laser is an exciting opportunity to explore the unexplored in astronomy and physics, move towards new, environmentally friendly energy sources for the good of our planet and much more,” said George Freeman, UK Minister for Science.
Lasers will be used to study the fundamental properties of matter under extreme conditions, which could lead to new materials and technologies. It will also be used to explore the potential of laser fusion as a clean energy source.
Development of the Vulcan 20-20 laser is scheduled for completion in 2027 and is expected to create hundreds of new jobs for scientists and engineers.
Vulcan itself has been the flagship laser at CLF for many years, and is widely recognized internationally as a pioneering facility.
Over the past 40 years, this facility has made an important contribution to plasma physics research and hundreds of PhD students have drilled at the facility.
“It’s time for Vulcan to undergo its next major upgrade, so it is ready to serve a new generation of scientists, ensuring the UK maintains its leadership role in this field,” concluded Freeman.