Vailhem OP t1_j20hqui wrote

Obviously I do. I read the article. An application is built right into an ELI5 idiots guide breakdown via the following quote from the very first paragraph:

> i.e. with a laser field so strong that hurls the plasma electrons back and forth at nearly the speed of light.

'Reflecting' plasma electrons back & forth .. and applications that could benefit from that.

An example could be fusion, though I certainly wouldn't limit its applications to that nor know if it would be beneficial for that.. ..given I nor others have had enough time to think it over per application(s) (given) that it's a recently published breakthrough/discovery in the field of laser physics.

Any more pedantically trivial snideness you'd like to ask while I still have the patience remaining to entertain responding to them?


Vailhem OP t1_j1zn2lp wrote

They're using lasers to increase the density of the material they're beaming it into until it becomes so dense that it heats up to the point of becoming a plasma and shaping that plasma in such a way that it becomes mirror-like for electrons.

It's fascinating.

Per the application, the article nor paper state application and to speculate would simply be one application of what could evolve into an 'infinite' amount.

There's really know way to know the answer to such a broad and, ultimately, loaded question.. and, as such, it's possibly better simply to see it as yet-another breakthrough in both the understanding & abilities of laser physics.. of which 'countless' applications are seemingly being discovered as laser physics continues to evolve.