High-powered infrared laser weapons could be on the horizon after scientists figured out how to make lasers nine times more powerful.
Militaries have already deployed laser-powered weapons, as popularized by films like “Star Wars,”, but they’re much weaker than those seen on screen and can only disable small airborne targets.
The light In these current weapons, which is invisible to the naked eye, comes from single-mode optical fiber — which transmits a single wavelength of light, or mode, through the fiber core — and generates a focused beam. But it’s difficult to increase the power because the light is confined to a tiny area.
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