The ceramic reflector for the world’s most powerful laser system has been developed and manufactured by Morgan Advanced Material’s Technical Ceramics business in the UK, for use in a ground-breaking new 10-petawatt (10x1015W) laser system to be installed in the Czech RepublicThe ceramic reflector for the world’s most powerful laser system has been developed and manufactured by Morgan Advanced Material’s Technical Ceramics business in the UK, for use in a ground-breaking new 10-petawatt (10x1015W) laser system to be installed in the Czech Republic. The laser will achieve output pulses with energies in excess of 1.5kJ that are under 150 femtoseconds in duration, with a once a minute repetition rate. The power output during the ultra-short pulse of the laser will be approximately 100 times greater than the Global power usage.

Oliver Ridd, from the Technical Ceramics business of Morgan Advanced Materials commented: “We are proud to have developed one of the largest ceramic reflectors ever for this project. Using ceramic for this project has proved to be an effective move, and we are now looking to engage with other commercial and industrial projects of a similar nature where our ceramic material will provide performance benefits. We are delighted to have worked with National Energetics to provide an integral component for this extraordinary cutting edge laser.”

The laser system, once installed, will become an invaluable tool in furthering the understanding of astrophysical phenomena and investigating new physics at previously unattainable light intensities. It will be housed in the government funded facility to aid scientific research for global research projects. National Energetics’ laser system is currently on track for delivery to the Czech Republic in 2018.