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Journal of the Korean Physical Society

, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 179–189 | Cite as

Exploration of Strong Field Physics with Multi-PW Lasers

  • Seong Ku Lee
  • Hyung Taek Kim
  • Il Woo Choi
  • Chul Min Kim
  • Chang Hee NamEmail author
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Abstract

At the Center for Relativistic Laser Science (CoReLS) petawatt (PW) lasers have been developed for the investigations of strong field physics. The CoReLS has successfully upgraded one of the existing PW laser beamlines to a 4 PW laser at 20 fs. From laser-driven charged-particle acceleration experiments, multi-GeV electrons and 90-MeV protons can be generated using the laser wakefield acceleration and the radiation pressure acceleration schemes, respectively. The GeV electron beam can be, in turn, used for Compton backscattering with another PW laser. Such a Compton scattering process can be examined for other quantum electrodynamics (QED) effects, including the radiation reaction effect and the Breit-Wheeler pair production process. PW lasers have, thus, offered new opportunities to pursue novel physics research in relativistic plasma physics, strong field quantum electrodynamics, nuclear physics and laboratory astrophysics.

Keywords

Ultra-intense lasers Relativistic laser-plasma interactions Laser particle acceleration Laboratory astrophysics Strong-field quantum electrodynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seong Ku Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hyung Taek Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • Il Woo Choi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chul Min Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chang Hee Nam
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Relativistic Laser ScienceInstitute for Basic ScienceGwangjuKorea
  2. 2.Advanced Photonics Research InstituteGwangju Institute of Science and TechnologyGwangjuKorea
  3. 3.Department of Physics and Photon ScienceGwangju Institute of Science and TechnologyGwangjuKorea

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