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Scientists at the University of Sydney Institute of Photonics and Optical Science have developed a new type of laser that can deliver high amounts of energy in short bursts, with potential applications in eye and heart surgery or the engineering of delicate materials.
Antoine Runge in a lab at the University of Sydney’s School of Physics. Courtesy of Louise Cooper and the University of Sydney.
“This laser has the property that as its pulse duration decreases to less than a trillionth of a second, its energy could go through the roof,” said Martijn de Sterke, the director the institute. “This makes them ideal candidates for the processing of materials that require short, powerful pulses. One application…