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14 November 2003
"The Siberian Hyperboloid"
20 years ago, Russia had clear priorities in laser technology. Surprisingly, these priorities still exist but no one knows what to do with them.
The idea of a light beam that cuts haunted the imaginations of our ancestors. In a science fiction novel by Alexei Tolstoi, the hyperboloid invented by engineer Garin cut literally everything - the author imagined no limits to its power. After US and Soviet scientists built laser generators in the 1950s and 1960s this idea changed from science fiction to science fact. Of course, the hyperboloid has yet to be invented so far, and enhancing lasers’ power remains one of the main problems for scientists. The one with the highest power laser will conquer the world.
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