Researchers in Osaka were able to produce a 2-petawatt - or 2 quadrillion-watt - laser beam using the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments (LFEX). This is equivalent to 1,000 times the world's electricity consumption, causing the laser to be compared to that on the Death Star in Star Wars (pictured)
Daily Mail: The Death Star weapon is here! Japan fires world's most powerful laser to produce energy equal to 1,000 times the planet's power consumption
* LFEX device produced 2-petawatts (2 quadrillion-watts) of energy
* The energy used for the laser beam itself would only be powerful enough to run a microwave for around two seconds, the Osaka researchers claim
* The high output was produced by firing the beam for just 1 pico-second
Japan claims to have fired the most powerful laser ever created.
Researchers in Osaka were able to produce a 2-petawatt laser beam using a device known as the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiment (LFEX).
The power of the 'Death Star'-like beam is equivalent to 1,000 times the world's total electricity consumption, the scientists claim.
WNU editor: The Japanese are already giving an indication on where they want to go with this technology .... Japan to Equip Two Warships With Laser Weapons (Sputnik).
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