Petawatt and exawatt class lasers worldwide

Year: 2019

Authors: Danson Colin N.; Haefner Constantin; Bromage Jake; Butcher Thomas; Chanteloup Jean Christophe F.; Chowdhury Enam A.; Galvanauskas Almantas; Gizzi Leonida A.; Hein Joachim; Hillier David I.; Hopps Nicholas W.; Kato Yoshiaki; Khazanov Efim A.; Kodama Ryosuke; Korn Georg; Li Ruxin; Li Yutong; Limpert Jens; Ma Jingui; Nam Chang Hee; Neely David; Papadopoulos Dimitrios; Penman Rory R.; Qian Liejia; Rocca Jorge J.; Shaykin Andrey A.; Siders Craig W.; Spindloe Christopher; Szatmbri Sbndor; Trines Raoul M.G.M.; Zhu Jianqiang; Zhu Ping; Zuegel Jonathan D.

Autors Affiliation: Helmholtz Institute Jena; Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology; Friedrich Schiller Universitdt Jena; Szegedi Tudombnyegyetem (SZTE); University of Oxford; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; University of Strathclyde; Osaka University; Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; Atomic Weapons Establishment; Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics Chinese Academy of Sciences; Rheinisch-Westfdlische Technische Hochschule Aachen; Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Imperial College London; Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Colorado State University; University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics; CNR – Istituto Nazionale di Ottica; Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF; The Ohio State University; Sorbonne Universite; Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT; Graduate School for Creation of New Photonics Industries

Abstract: In the 2015 review paper ‘Petawatt Class Lasers Worldwide’ a comprehensive overview of the current status of high-power facilities of >200 TW was presented. This was largely based on facility specifications, with some description of their uses, for instance in fundamental ultra-high-intensity interactions, secondary source generation, and inertial confinement fusion (ICF). With the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Professors Donna Strickland and Gerard Mourou for the development of the technique of chirped pulse amplification (CPA), which made these lasers possible, we celebrate by providing a comprehensive update of the current status of ultra-high-power lasers and demonstrate how the technology has developed. We are now in the era of multi-petawatt facilities coming online, with 100 PW lasers being proposed and even under construction. In addition to this there is a pull towards development of industrial and multi-disciplinary applications, which demands much higher repetition rates, delivering high-average powers with higher efficiencies and the use of alternative wavelengths: mid-IR facilities. So apart from a comprehensive update of the current global status, we want to look at what technologies are to be deployed to get to these new regimes, and some of the critical issues facing their development.

Journal/Review: HIGH POWER LASER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Volume: 7      Pages from: e54-1  to: e54-54

KeyWords: exawatt lasers; high-power lasers; petawatt lasers; ultra-high intensity
DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2019.36

Citations: 550
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