Lecture Details

SLAC public Lecture Series

Past Lecture

LCLS: Ultrafast Science

Philip Bucksbaum , SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 07:30 pm
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Everyone knows that lasers can be bright. From Goldfinger to Star Wars, intense lasers carry a "death ray" reputation in popular culture. But what is intense light, anyway? How can you even make or direct something that will blast to smithereens any material that it encounters? And how can something as ephemeral as a ray of light turn into an irresistible force? Is there an ultimate intensity, a brightest light? We'll answer these questions, and more.