Scientists have created the brightest light ever to shine on the Earth's surface. How bright? Well, it's a billion times brighter than the surface of the sun.
But what's exciting about this "unimaginably" bright beam is what happens when it's shone on an object. Researchers discovered that it serves as a new kind of x-ray with a higher resolution than those we've developed so far.
Light scatters when it hits an object—a result that allows our eyes to see—but normally electrons scatter only one photon of light at a time. The laser, developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extreme Light Laboratory, scatters nearly 1,000 photons of light at once.
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