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Plasma Physics: Japan Pumps Up Budget for Table-Top Short-Pulse Lasers

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Science  05 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5245, pp. 25-26
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5245.25


Tokyo—Japan is thinking small in science—on a grand scale. The goal is to squeeze the capabilities of high-power lasers into a new generation of lasers that can fit on a table top. A $100 million a year project is gearing up to build an Advanced Photon Research Center that will extend the abilities of short-pulse lasers and turn them into new tools for accelerating particles, creating x-ray holograms of living cells, and exploring ultrahigh-speed phenomena.