The ceramic reflector for what will reportedly be the world’s most powerful laser system has been developed and manufactured by Morgan Advanced Material’s Technical Ceramics business in the UK. The reflector was developed for use in a new 10-petawatt (10 x 1,015 W) laser system that will be used for the Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility in the Czech Republic. The laser will achieve output pulses with energies in excess of 1.5 kJ that are under 150 femtoseconds in duration, with a once-a-minute repetition rate. The power output during the ultra-short pulse of the laser will be approximately 100 times greater than the global power usage.
The reflector has been specially engineered for National Energetics in the U.S., which is responsible for building the laser system. Morgan’s contribution to the project consists of two differently sized reflector assemblies, both with five precision ceramic components. To provide the optimum solution for each part in the assemblies, Morgan used three of its high-purity alumina grades, each having unique properties offering electrical insulation, mechanical strength, and superior reflectivity performance.