Originally posted by Ponderable So we do have the journalist effect again.
IF the pulse was 1 second it would have the power of 10TW = 10^12W.
IF they could operate the equipment that long they would suck the whole European grid clean....
so they operate for a femtosecond 10^-15 s and only have a net output of 10mJ. Since they can't produce more than one pulse per seond this co ...[text shortened]... ck the value of a few dozen nuclear power stations from the grid.
And it is NOT a 10TW LASER.
Yes, like I said, continuous power would add up to a 10 Mw laser but the pulses are compressed so that each pulse would act like a 10 terawatt laser for that brief time span.
It would be like if you had an actual 10 terawatt laser and you had a shutter that could chop the output into a femtosecond pulse, the damage or processing done that way would be exactly the same as the 10 Mw laser time compressed to 1 femtosecond.