The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 223, Issue 6, pp 1169–1173 | Cite as

Plasma devices for focusing extreme light pulses

  • J. Fuchs
  • A.A. Gonoskov
  • M. Nakatsutsumi
  • W. Nazarov
  • F. Quéré
  • A.M. Sergeev
  • X.Q. Yan
Regular Article IZEST Technology: Exawatt-Zettawatt Peak Power Lasers
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Zetta-Exawatt Science and Technology

Abstract

Since the inception of the laser, there has been a constant push toward increasing the laser peak intensity, as this has lead to opening the exploration of new territories, and the production of compact sources of particles and radiation with unprecedented characteristics. However, increasing the peak laser intensity is usually performed by enhancing the produced laser properties, either by lowering its duration or increasing its energy, which involves a great level of complexity for the laser chain, or comes at great cost. Focusing tightly is another possibility to increase the laser intensity, but this comes at the risk of damaging the optics with target debris, as it requires their placement in close proximity to the interaction region. Plasma devices are an attractive, compact alternative to tightly focus extreme light pulses and further increase the final laser intensity.

Keywords

EUROPEAN Physical Journal Special Topic Laser Intensity Attosecond Pulse Plasma Compressor Plasma Device 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Fuchs
    • 1
  • A.A. Gonoskov
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • M. Nakatsutsumi
    • 5
  • W. Nazarov
    • 6
  • F. Quéré
    • 7
  • A.M. Sergeev
    • 2
    • 3
  • X.Q. Yan
    • 8
  1. 1.LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMCPalaiseauFrance
  2. 2.Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia
  3. 3.University of Nizhny NovgorodNizhny NovgorodRussia
  4. 4.Department of Applied PhysicsChalmers University of TechnologyGothenbergSweden
  5. 5.European XFEL GmbHHamburgGermany
  6. 6.University of St Andrews, High Energy Laser Materials Laboratory, Unit 4, NTC, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SRSt Andrews, FifeUK
  7. 7.Laboratoire Interactions, Dynamiques et Lasers, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, DSM/IRAMIS, CEN SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  8. 8.State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology & Center of Applied Physics and Technology, Peking UniversityBeijingChina

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