‘Superlaser’ conference begins

A two-day conference is underway in Prague regarding the ELI ‘superlaser’ and its benefits for the Czech Republic. Leading scientists from Europe and the US will be meeting with representatives from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Education, which are running the project. Construction of the enormous centre housing what will be the most powerful laser in the world is soon to begin in Dolní Břežany near Prague. The cost of the ELI project is estimated at seven billion crowns. The laser is intended to spur breakthroughs in everything from nuclear physics to medical diagnosis, treatment and therapy.