The University of California team at San Diego has created a 24 times more solid laser beam than anyone else.
The breakthrough scientists said that the laser emits an ultrashort, but powerful pulse more shock resistant than any previous laser.
This beam enhances the ability of future scientists to create lasers that can cut through thicker materials, but also create the danger of frightening laser weapons.
The laser uses alumina crystals to produce an ultra-short pulse that allows the beam to withstand rapid temperature changes and massive amounts of heat.
Aluminum oxide crystals, when paired with light-emitting atoms called neodymium, which form high-power lasers, help to create the strongest (1
Javier Garay, a mechanical engineering professor working on the project, said the new laser material "combines the best of both worlds: high power density, ultra-short pulses and superior thermal shock resistance."
"It combines the best of both worlds"
The race for ever more powerful lasers has risen sharply in recent years.
In January, scientists in China unveiled the world's most powerful "superlaser"
And this month, Chinese experts also designed a "Laser AK47" that can hit targets up to a kilometer wide.