Most Powerful Laser Output Statistics

The most powerful lasers can output tens of petawatts - equivalent to billions of billions of watts - of power in a single pulse.

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"The current record for the most powerful laser stands at 10 Petawatts, built by China for their Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF) in 2018."

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"The most powerful laser in the US is the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at 2-million joules."

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"The NIF's 192 intense laser beams can deliver nearly two million joules of ultraviolet laser energy in billionth-of-a-second pulses."

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"Japan's Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments (LFEX) laser can output over 2 petawatts of power."

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"The University of Michigan's HERCULES laser reached 20 Petawatts in 2008."

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"The most powerful continuous laser is 1 Megawatt by Lockheed Martin."

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"The Lockheed Martin 60kW laser weapon system has the highest output yet demonstrated."

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"Japan's ABL-2 laser emits a steady beam of 1.5 watts."

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"The Heraeus Noblelight's 200 Watt CO2 Laser is used in production environments."

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"The PHELIX (Petawatt High Energy Laser for Ion EXperiments) at Germany's GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung produces a petawatt peak power."

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"The Texas Petawatt Laser in Austin, Texas can output more than 1.1 petawatts of power."

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"The High Power Laser Energy Research (HiPER) facility in Europe intends to reach a power level in the range of 500 terawatts to a petawatt."

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"Scientists at the Nova laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved petawatt power levels in 1996."

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"South Korea's Coherent Amplification Network (CAN) laser aims to reach power levels of 1.5 petawatts."

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"The Vulcan laser at the Central Laser Facility in the UK initially reached a peak power of 500 terawatts but has since been upgraded to regularly deliver petawatt powers."

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"The Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) at Lawrence Livermore National Labs is capable of delivering up to 1.5 petawatts of power."

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