Scientists at the SLAC national accelerator laboratory in California have created conditions inside stars and planets on earth that reach 20 million degrees Celsius, 4.3 million degrees Celsius hotter than the center of the sun, foreign media reported.
SLAC, part of the U.S. department of energy, has the world’s longest linear particle accelerator. When the massive X-ray laser pointer beam entered the accelerator, it entered seven experimental areas, the last of which was called the MEC (Matter under Extreme Conditions), where such Extreme temperatures were created. At MEC, high-power lasers are used to strike metal plates until they vaporize into plasma.
Scientists creating these conditions could help us learn more about celestial bodies, and could also use plasma systems to build particle accelerators that could help with cancer treatments.