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Researchers in Lithuania have developed an ultrashort-pulse laser that could eradicate nuclear waste and decrease the decay period from tens of thousands of years to seconds, hours, or months, depending on the material, they said.
The Single Cycle Femtosecond high-intensity laser system (SYLOS), jointly produced by Vilnius, Lithuania-based companies Light Conversion and Ekspla, is a high-intensity, ultrashort-pulse laser that has the potential to solve the nuclear waste management problem. Scientists said the peak power of SYLOS exceeds the power of a nuclear plant by thousands of times, and that impulses of this kind can be applied both to research and to nullify the impact of nuclear waste.
Arturas Plukis, head of the…