Laser Breaks Record (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Laser Breaks Record

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility was the scene of a scientific breakthrough.

One of the most powerful lasers ever built achieved first light Wednesday as physicists herded millions of electrons through a maze of magnets.

The Free Electron Laser broke the world's record for it's kind, hitting 155 watts and surpassing the 11-watt mark held by Vanderbilt University for the past several years. The Jefferson team's goal was only 100 watts.

Potential uses for the laser range from food packaging to aeronautics.

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