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JuSPARC Launch: New High-Power Lasers Go into Operation at Jülich

Jülich, 25 January 2019 – A new laser laboratory was officially opened at Forschungszentrum Jülich on Thursday. At the heart of JuSPARC are its two high-performance lasers, which generate ultrashort laser pulses of up to 1.4 terawatts, or 1.4 trillion watts – a figure that corresponds to roughly half the world’s average electricity consumption. This power is only generated for a very short time, however, as the laser pulses are compressed to a duration of up to 30 femtoseconds, or thirty millionths of one billionth of a second. This means that the lasers’ average power is no higher than that of an ordinary household appliance. Jülich researchers will use the new facility to investigate ultrafast physical processes with the aim of making significant advances in the search for new materials for information technology.


Prof. Dr. Markus Büscher
Peter Grünberg Institut - Elektronische Eigenschaften (PGI-6)
Tel. +49 2461 61-6669
E-Mail: m.buescher@fz-juelich.de

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Angela Wenzik, Wissenschaftsjournalistin
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Tel.: +49 2461 61-6048
E-Mail: a.wenzik@fz-juelich.de