How lasers can shoot us to the stars

As a scientist who has researched the laser technology for Breakthrough Starshot, I agree that Starshot is a difficult endeavor, but I am more optimistic.

As a scientist who has researched the laser technology for Breakthrough Starshot, I appreciate the Physics Today Online article by Howard Milchberg on the feasibility of the concept. I agree that Starshot is a difficult endeavor, but I am more optimistic about overcoming the numerous obstacles—largely because of what has been achieved in recent history. Read the full post on Physics Today.
The Laser Focus World take:

Getting there will be only half the fun. Be sure to read Senior Editor Gail Overton's blog:
Aliens and photonics--the truth is out there

Or for more about travel prospects and lasers in space, read the report from the International Symposium on High Power Laser Ablation and Directed Energy, by the symposium chair, Claude Phipps:
Laser ablation and directed energy meet in New Mexico

Conard Holton
Editor in Chief
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