Mad Scientists Craft Atomic Laser

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Ok first, if they were gonna point it at the Sun, they'd have to build a satellite to mount it on first, cos getting through the ozone layer would be to much of a hassle (Hell, for all I know, it could IGNITE the damn thing).

Second, pointing at OUR sun would be extremely stupid. If we were to cause our own stars processes to go out of balance by even a little, we could kill everyone on Earth relatively quickly, and that's no use to anyone.

Third, this is being used to make PLASMA. Think a little bigger than laser guns guys. Think fucking PLASMA THROWERS. Or, failing that, plasma rifles. Those are probably going to be a little easier to make than focusing these beams enough to kill people with a single shot.

chinlamp:
Ok first, if they were gonna point it at the Sun, they'd have to build a satellite to mount it on first, cos getting through the ozone layer would be to much of a hassle (Hell, for all I know, it could IGNITE the damn thing).

Second, pointing at OUR sun would be extremely stupid. If we were to cause our own stars processes to go out of balance by even a little, we could kill everyone on Earth relatively quickly, and that's no use to anyone.

Third, this is being used to make PLASMA. Think a little bigger than laser guns guys. Think fucking PLASMA THROWERS. Or, failing that, plasma rifles. Those are probably going to be a little easier to make than focusing these beams enough to kill people with a single shot.

wrong, wrong and what?

1. they re not pointing it at the sun.

2. even if they did, the laser heats things up to the temperature of a few layers into the sun, and doesnt do it to more than that. the sun is huge. if they shot at it, the most they would do in comparison, would be like burning one virus cell off your skin. its that fucking insignificant.

3. what?

Jesus, an ATOMIC laser?

Oh wait, I think many lasers produce coherent light from atoms :)

vansau:

So, to recap: Scientists have now created an atomic laser beam to learn the secrets of the stars. How amazingly cool is that?

Not really as cool as you're trying to make it sound. But thanks for the effort.

Therumancer:
Very cool news though and hey... War Mongers and be happy that even the most peaceful technology will oftentimes be corrupted for battle. I'm sure given time someone will eventually weaponize this... if they haven't already!

For some reason this just made me think of:

On Topic: With all this I'm hearing about lasers I'm wondering how far away some more portable lasers with some really decent practical aplications are.

I wonder if it takes as long to charge as the Kamehame Wave. *drum rimshot*

But seriously, if you cut yourself while reading this topic, you may have noticed that your blood is pure gasoline. That's supposed to happen. We've been pointing an invisible laser at you that's supposed to turn your blood into gasoline, so that just means it's working. *drum rimshot*

But seriously, seriously. Cave Johnson was 100% correct when he said "Science isn't about why, it's about why not! WHY is so much of our science dangerous? Why not marry safe science if you love it so much?!"

I mean come on, we built a frickin' laser more powerful than any other one on the planet just so we can shoot stuff so we can see what would happen to said stuff if it was hurled into the sun (at least that's my understanding based on the article). To the question of "Why are we doing this?" The answer, as the late, great Mr. Johnson would likely say: "Why the hell not?" :P

ATOMIC LASERS YAY! To study the sun? Awwwwww....

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Here come the FUTURE!
(better late than never)

How long till a 'tash twiddling megalomaniac captures it with an army of hired goons and holds the eastern seaboard hostage?

I'm stuck on the phrase "solid plasma" right now. Does that sound like lightsaber technology to anyone else besides me?

Random Argument Man:
ATOMIC LASERS YAY! To study the sun? Awwwwww....

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HA! I love this^^ XD

Remember those aliens who showed up in '47 because we had developed atomic weaponry?
The ones that said they'd be really pissed if they have to turn their ships around and come back here?
Well, their TomTom just went off.

[quote="Therumancer" post="7.339931.13753035"]Well in Star Wars I believe they use Blasters, which are a particle projection technology which is a bit differant than focused light. :)/quote]

De Broglie would like a word with you...

/pedant

one step closer to fusion power

That sounds awesome but how does this help me in my campaign to rule the galaxy?

That's all well and good, but can we aim it at Russia?!

I think that probably sums up what the governments going to say in response to the 3000 page research report on what these clever so-an-so's learnt about the sun from this thing in a few years.

vansau:

Therumancer:
Well in Star Wars I believe they use Blasters, which are a particle projection technology which is a bit differant than focused light.

Seriously? You're *that* guy? Thanks for murdering my joke.

Awww, don't let it bother you vansau. I'm sure someone out there still thinks your special!

I do thank you for getting definition of mad scientist correct. Taking over the world with an astonishingly high powered coherent beam of x-rays is what mad engineers do. Mad scientists want to study a mad hypothesis: like whats happening INSIDE OF STARS (queue maniacal laughter).

Abandon4093:
in response to the 3000 page research report on what these clever so-an-so's learnt about the sun from this thing in a few years.

Actually, scientific articles are really quite short. Scientists are far too busy, and poorly paid, to put together 3000 page reports willy nilly. I certainly wouldn't read it. The report in Nature, which I havn't spotted in a very cursory search yet actually, is probably only a couple pages in length (albeit with tiny font).

Its the government reports that are 3000 pages in length and accomplish approximately nothing.

Whats there to learn from the sun. It's made of mostly hydrogen and helium, it burns super hot. And every 11 years it shoots out more energy than usual. I's not gona blow up anytime soon and if it were to well bugger all we could do. Now science wheres my jetpack and hover car. You promised me one 50 years ago and I still don't have them.

Random Argument Man:
ATOMIC LASERS YAY! To study the sun? Awwwwww....

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And quit ruining everything.

Daniel_Rosamilia:
Hmmmm...
Super-heating laser, powerful enough to (quite possibly) blow up planets?
Right, I need a freighter ship, some helicopters, and maybe a small assault team. I'm taking it.
But, in all seriousness, that's pretty cool, although the heat thing's a little scary.

The heat thing isn't that scary. They're talking about heating up objects to that temp on a quantum scale.

Besides, the scarier bit has already been done. Today's experimental fusion reactors heat up the hydrogen gas inside to hundreds of millions of degrees F. That's a tad scarier.

The_root_of_all_evil:
So, how long until we can affix this

to sharks?

Not soon enough, my friend. Not soon enough.

Alpha Maeko:
Lasers, quantum levitation, antimatter...

Next thing you know, we'll be visited by space hippies with pointy ears. Live long and prosper!

Next up, tricorders. Portable scanning devices that can "peek" inside someone, give accurate measurements, and allow for immediate prognoses.

Oh wait...
http://www.gizmag.com/general-electric-vscan-handheld-ultrasound-scanner/13180/

Well...damn. I guess all we have left are hand-held phasers, anti-and-artificial gravity, and transporters before we really are living in Roddenberry's world.

Johnson McGee:
one step closer to fusion power

Oh God I wish. Sadly, this new tech isn't likely to help. Unless they can find a way to bump up the lasers end-result heating from a few million to a few hundred million degrees, it's not that handy. As far as fusion is concerned, anyway.

I'm making what is likely a woefully ill-informed assumption, but based on what I know, I'm not seeing this new laser being used in that way.

Besides, achieving fusion isn't a challenge anymore. We've already done that. The new challenge is making it stable and getting it to output more energy than is put in to start the reaction.

Oh sure, just because a scientist wants to make an atomic laser, that makes them mad! At least they're doing something to advance the human race, unlike those anchors we call politicians.

Oh sure, it starts out as a tool for science, next thing you know they're launching it into space and using it to turn Korea into an island chain.

Just sayin'

That's cool and all, but I'd still rather cook my food with my brand new Mr T. Flavorwave Oven instead.

Now I know I'm probably being dumb, but it seems a little odd to try be shooting random shit at the one big yellow ball we have keeping us alive. And if we shoot it at other stars, wouldn't it take years for data to come back to us or something. Shot at wrong star, gonna take hundreds of millions of years for it to get back. Hit a planet, wiped out another planet with life by mistake.

vansau:
The laser is called the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and is able to fire rapid-fire laser pulses that heat matter up to over 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit.

Fahrenheit? Fahrenheit!? It's not the 1950s any more, y'know. Next you'll be telling me it's 18 cubits in length.

Oirish_Martin:
Jesus, an ATOMIC laser?

Oh wait, I think many lasers produce coherent light from atoms :)

Win.

idodo35:
hmm so how long before this thing gets weponized?

Selvec:
Time before military uses it for violent means?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_tactical_laser

I'm more concerned about electronic devices that heal themselves with liquid metal.

Now how many inventions until we trigger the robot holocaust?

About four.

oktalist:

Oirish_Martin:
Jesus, an ATOMIC laser?

Oh wait, I think many lasers produce coherent light from atoms :)

Win.

Cheers.

I shouldn't have snapped, but working in the field of atomic physics, this kind of ZOMGASM IT HAS THE WORD ATOMIC IN THE NAEM DERP DERP overreaction is why I call myself a quantum optics researcher - better to just have a guaranteed blank reaction than anything from people thinking I want to blow stuff up (and thinking that's awesome) to people thinking I want to blow stuff up (and thinking that's horrific).

Atoms - 99.9999% of the times you encounter them, they aren't blowing up in your face.

Shooting the sun huh, This is obviously the new CERN everyone panic.

vansau:
SCIENCE!

OT: I find it astounding that science has advanced so far that regular people simply doing their jobs are doing mad science[1]. That is the world we live in. And it feels great. ^_^

[1]

Well, that's all right and good, especially dodging the Dr. Evil Doomsday 'Laser' and everything. But let's be sure this wn't cause a hackneyed bullshit movie plot, like...

SO we are firing lasers at the sun now...that actually sounds pretty bad ass

So what happens if we shoot the laser at the LHC ?!?

Third Impact ?

ssgt splatter:
I'm stuck on the phrase "solid plasma" right now. Does that sound like lightsaber technology to anyone else besides me?

It sounds like bull to me as plasma is a state of matter much as solid, liquid and gas are. "solid plasma" is equally as stupid as saying "solid liquid" or "solid gas".

Study what's happening in the Sun? Are you guys trying to awaken Surtur and cause Ragnarok or something? Instead, let's make asteroid shooting a national sport.

Can I microwave popcorn from orbit?

First of all, that laser is freakin' awesome.

Second,this laser probably takes an enormous amount of power to do what is does, so we're not going to see it strapped to anything anytime soon until someone can figure out how to strap a several gigawatt nuclear power-plant along with the laser to whatever you're strapping it to. Not to mention the laser is probably also gigantic.

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