ICUIL Annual Reports to IUPAP : 2012| 2011


A new milestone in laser plasma accelerator reached by three groups : en route to GeV energies!

Three groups, one in the US at Berkeley, lead by W. Leemans1, one in England, lead by K. Krushelnick2 and one in France, lead by V. Malka3, have experimentally produced a monoenergetic electron beam using a short and intense laser pulse. This “dream beam” as it is called in the scientific journal, Nature, open new perspectives in the domain of accelerators.

1st Asian workshop on Generation and Application of High-Order Harmonics

The 1st Asian workshop on Generation and Application of High-Order Harmonics was held during Feb. 23-25, 2005 at KAIST, Daejeon, Korea. The workshop was organized to provide a forum for graduate students, junior and senior scientists from Asian countries, as a part of activities of the Asian Intense Laser Network.

Thoughts on the First ICUIL Meeting - Professor Ken Ledingham

First of all let me say I enjoyed meeting you all again on Friday/Saturday and I still feel a sense of excitement with the potential for this field. However this enthusiasm is somewhat tempered with realism which I though of bringing to the attention of the meeting. However there was not quite the opportunity and I certainly did not wish to in any way dampen the general feeling of euphoria.

Terawatt to Petawatt Subpicosecond Lasers - Michael D. Perry and Gerard Mourou

(This article has been published in "Science" in May 1994)

Extreme Light - By Gerard A.Mourou and Donald Umstadter

  • A method of laser amplification in the mid-1980s has enabled a new generation of tabletop lasers that produce very brief pulses of extremely intense lights.
  • Lights of such high intensity interacts with matter in new ways, directly propelling electrons to nearly the speed of light in femtoseconds. The lasers can accelerate particles at 10,000 times the rate of standard accelerators.
  • Potential applications include high-resolution medical imaging, inexpensive precision radiation therapy, nuclear fusion, and research in numerous subfields of physics.

Radiological Protection in Intense Laser Labs- By Rob Clarke

The attached presentation touches on the ongoing research at the Rutherford Appletown Laboratory (RAL) on radiological protection.

Ultrahigh-Intensity Lasers: Physics of the extreme on a tabletop - Gerard A. Mourou, Christopher P.J.Barty and Michael D.Perry

By stretching, amplifying and then compressing laser pulses, one can reach petawatt powers, gigagauss magnetic fields, terabar light pressures and 1022 m/s2 electron acceleration.