2A - Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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2A - Wednesday, February 20, 2008 The Michigan Daily michigandailycom
Before You Were Here
'U' researchers trump Dr. Evil
The University of Michigan is
known for milestones.
The Peace Corps started at the
University when President John F.
Kennedy stood on the steps of the
Michigan Union to announce his
plan for the program. Michigan
Stadium is known across the coun-
try as the nation's largest football
stadium, seating around 110,000
fans at every game.
And then, of course, there's that
laser University researchers just
developed - the one they say could
be the most powerful in the uni-
Physics and Engineering Prof.
Karl Krushelnick said in a state-
ment that the intensity that could
be produced by the newly-built
laser beam is equivalent to holding
a giant magnifying glass in space
and focusing all the sunlight shin-
ing toward Earth onto one grain of
Interestingly enough, though,
the University appears to have bro-
ken its own record.
University researchers produced
a beam in 2004 that was said to be
the world's strongest. The most
recent laser surpassed the old one
when researchers added a second
amplifier to it.
The laser, called HERCULES,
now produces beams that are 1.3-
micron specks - about one-hun-
dredth the diameter of a human
hair - that measure 20 billion
trillion watts per square centime-
ter. The beams have 300 terawatts
of power, which is 300 times the
capacity of the entire U.S. power
"This intensity is about two
orders of magnitude higher than
any other laser in the world can
produce," said Victor Yanovsky, a
University researcher who built
the ultra-high power system over
the past six years.
The beams may help develop
better proton and electron beams,
which could possibly lead to new
cancer treatments. At more intense
levels, the laser beams could poten-
tially create matter by simply focus-
ing light onto an empty space.
While the intensity of the laser
beam is record-breaking, Yanovsky
said that wasn't the most'signifi-
cant innovation. The laser can pro-
duce beams once every 10 seconds,
whereas other powerful lasers can
take up to an hour to recharge.
"It's the repetition of producing
the laserthat makes it the first of its ThE
kind in the world," Yanovsky said. hia
GEOFFREY GAURANO ate
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e world's most intense laser beam is located at Gerstacker
dint on North Campus. Prof. Victor Yanoosky helped cre-
the technology to develop the intensity at the beam.
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Partially rusted Student cuts
1978 bike stolen himself, goes
WHERE: 700 Block of Tappan to ER
WHEN: Monday at about 8
WHAT: A subject reported
that his bike was stolen from
the bike racks outside the
Ross School of Business,
the Department of Public
Safety reported. The bike was
described as a 1978 model
with a rusty chain and white
tape on the handlebars.
WHERE: Art & Architecture
WHEN: Monday at about 5:05
WHAT: A staff member
called to reporta student had
cut himself, DPS said. Police
escorted him to the Universi-
ty Hospital Emergency Room.
WHAT: A cabaret-style
production called The Sex
Workers' Art Show, featur-
ing a mix of spoken word,
music, drag, burlesque and
art. It will feature strippers,
prostitutes and pornography
WHO: Project SERVE
- Issues Team
WHEN: Tonight at8 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League,
fair on North
WHAT: A fair featuring
activities from across the
world, including sushi roll-
ing, salsa lessons and an Aiki
WHO: American Society for
WHEN: Today from 6 p.m.
to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Duderstadt Center,
* An article in yesterday's
edition of the Daily (Dems
debate delegate seating),
said Michigan violated
party rules by moving its
primary to Feb. 5. It actually
moved the primary to Jan.
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0 Another article (Voter
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efforts) incorrectly said Jona-
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referring to the 2006 mid-
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Artwork stolen Man caught
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Lunar eclipses occur when the
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University of Oxford
researchers will spend
about $4 million to study
why people believe in God,
ABC News reported. Using
the grant, anthropologists,
andother academicsowill take.
three years to study whether
belief in a divine being is part
of mankind's makeup.
WHERE: East Hall
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A staff member
called to report that a paint-
ing had been stolen from the
building, DPS reported. It was
valued at about $1,200 and
was taken between 5 p.m. on
Feb. 14 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 15.
WHERE: Kellog Eye Center
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A man unaffiliated
with the University was
found in the men's bathroom
of the Kellog Eye Center, DPS
reported. Police asked him
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