Record-Setting Laser May Boost Search For Earthlike Planets 100 Fold

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 08:28 in Physics & Chemistry

Scientists have demonstrated an ultrafast laser that offers a record combination of high speed, short pulses and high average power. They also have shown that this type of laser, when used as a frequency comb -- an ultraprecise technique for measuring different colors of light -- could boost the sensitivity of astronomical tools searching for other Earthlike planets as much as 100 fold.

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