For most laymen, lasers are cool toys that are supposed to be used for creating light sabers and laser shooting guns.
However, for scientists, lasers are powerful tools that can help them in all sorts of experiments. However, despite their power, current lasers are still quite limited in their functionality.
The reason for this is the fact that current lasers require an immense amount of energy to be of any use, which makes them useless in practical applications.
Now, however, a team of scientists is developing the model for a laser that could change that power to output ratio by a big margin.
This potential laser is expected to generate enough power, that it would be able to heat materials to temperatures hotter than the centre of the Sun in just 20 quadrillionths of a second.
If the creation of such a laser becomes possible, it would become our potential gateway to realizing long unfulfilled dreams of achieving thermonuclear fusion.
To make such a device possible, scientists hope to replace the process of transferring heat to the ions via electrons, with a new process which would harness the electrostatic shockwaves produced by the laser beam to directly heat the ions.
The theory behind this process has been backed by proper research, even though the scientists are still searching for potential materials that could make this happen in real life.
If and when they do find materials that can make this possible, it would completely change the way we approach nuclear fusion and lasers. Until then, we can just wait and watch.