Published on January 25th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
X-Ray Laser Hits Aluminum, Heats To 3.6 Million Degrees Fahrenheit
Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University have managed to heat a piece of aluminum foil to 3.6 million degrees fahrenheit by focusing on x-ray laser on the material. That temperature is hotter then the sun’s corono.
To accomplish the task the team used a powerful x-ray and focused rapid-fire pulses from the beam on a piece of aluminum foil that’s thinner then spider’s silk.
After firing the x-ray laser scientists created what is known as hot dense matter.
Published in the Jan. 25 edition of Nature the group says the temperature was created in a “controlled way” which is probably good considering hot dense matter only exists in extreme conditions outside of earth. Typically the matter is found in the hearts of stars and inside giant gas planets.
Scientists will use the matter they created to better study its behavior which was not previously possible on earth.