Just a few decades ago lasers were, for the most part, relegated to science fiction novels. These days, lasers are everywhere – in our computers, our carpentry tools, and even children’s toys. Every day it seems, scientists and engineers are finding new ways to put these concentrated beams of light to work. Today, we’ll take a look at a few of the most exciting new advances in laser technology.
Water Repellent Materials
A team of scientists of the University of Rochester recently developed a technique to create “hydrophobic” surfaces by bombarding sheets of metal with laser pulses. These laser augmented metals absorb light but repel water better than Teflon. Likewise, scientists hope to use the materials to create self-cleaning solar panels. They could also be used to create highly efficient water collection devices. As potable water becomes harder and harder to access, this technology has the potential to become enormously valuable.
Using laser devices to weld materials together has the potential to be far more effective and efficient than using conventional welding mediums such as acetylene gas or electric arcs. Laser welding tools could also be used to join different kinds of metal, such as copper to stainless steel or aluminum. Laser welders could even protect ship hulls from corrosion by coating them with thin layers of steel powder.
Tearing Holes in Spacetime
In 2011, a team of British scientists with a predilection for dreaming up doomsday devices began work on a laser designed to blast holes through the fabric of space time. When (and if) it’s completed, it will be the most powerful laser in the world. According to The Telegraph, the laser will “produce 200 petawatts of power – more than 100,000 times the power of the world’s combined electricity production – for less than a trillionth of a second.” Scientists hope that by tearing holes in spacetime they will be able to observe particles never seen before, ushering in a new frontier of experimental physics.
Lasers are more accessible, and more useful than ever. At Jamieson Laser, we employ this state of the art technology to cut model components and create precise, detailed etchings and engravings. Check out some of our work here! Give us a call today and learn more about all the ways to use your Jamieson Laser machine.