Ultra-intense laser-matter interactions with a 150-terawatt power laser

Donald Umstadter, Sudeep Banerjee, Nathan Powers, Vidya Ramanathan, Shouyuan Chen

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Abstract

Experiments using a 150-terawatt peak power laser system are reported. The relativistic interactions of ultra-high-intensity light with matter are studied with the Diocles laser, currently in operation at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Bright pulses of energetic (keV - MeV) x-rays and charged-particle beams are also generated in ultrashort (femtosecond) duration pulses. A study of the damage to various diffraction gratings by ultrashort laser pulses (30 femtoseconds in duration) is also discussed; these results are relevant to the operation of the laser at a repetition rate of 10 Hz, and its planned upgrade to the 1-petawatt (PW) peak power level. Also covered are applications of these unique radiation sources in the physical sciences, biomedicine, defense and homeland security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics, PICALO 2008 - Conference Proceedings
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2008
Event3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics, PICALO 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: Apr 16 2008Apr 18 2008

Publication series

Name3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics, PICALO 2008 - Conference Proceedings

Other

Other3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics, PICALO 2008
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period4/16/084/18/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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    Umstadter, D., Banerjee, S., Powers, N., Ramanathan, V., & Chen, S. (2008). Ultra-intense laser-matter interactions with a 150-terawatt power laser. In 3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics, PICALO 2008 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 1-4). (3rd Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics, PICALO 2008 - Conference Proceedings).