Hot Laser Makes for Cool Science

Atomic inner-shell X-ray laser at 1.46 nanometres pumped by an X-ray free-electron laser
Nature – January 26, 2012

In this week’s issue of the journal Nature, a group of scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory report the development of a laser powered by x-rays.  The laser registered a temperature of 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit and turned a piece of aluminum foil into plasma.

“The high temperatures were created with rapid pulses from the laser beam and created a material called hot dense matter. Hot dense matter is said to be the same sort of material found deep inside stars and gas giant planets.”

Strike up the maniacal laughter and organ music!

Credit goes to’s Science blog for pointing to this research!

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