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Wisconsin Engineers Devise Cutting-Edge Method to Cut Cheese

Madison, Wis. - Lasers do everything these days - from removing tattoos to playing music on compact discs. Now, in the great dairy state of Wisconsin, lasers have been harnessed to an entirely new purpose: slicing cheese.

Xiaochun Li, a University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineering professor and laser expert, along with graduate student Hongseok Choi, has become the first to adap......

Full article >>> (UV) range. Unlike conventional lasers, which produce light of longer wavelengths and cut purely by heating, higher energy UV lasers cut through a process called photoablation.

Photoablation occurs when a laser produces photons whose energies exceed the energies of the bonds holding molecules together, Li explains, so that a photon striking one of these bonds immediately breaks it. The m......

Full article >>> I hope my work will help build a bridge between laser technology and the traditional food industry."


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