A new innovation from Lithuania could be poised to deal with one of the most controversial challenges of nuclear power plants; their nuclear waste. Two Lithuanian laser technology companies, Light Conversion and Ekspla, have developed a laser which could ‘nullify’ nuclear waste. The jointly produced SYLOS is dubbed the most powerful and fastest high-intensity ultra-short pulse laser, which exceeds that of a nuclear plant by several thousand. The principle of SYLOS is that when nuclear waste decomposition is accelerated by a high-intensity laser, the waste decay period can be cut short to seconds, hours, or months, depending on the material, an idea that came from Gérard Mourou, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.
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