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ICUIL 2018 Conference in Lindau Germany (09-14 Sep. 2018) Thomas Kuehl, GSI-Helmholtzzentrum, Darmstadt, Germany

The ICUIL 2018 Conference, the 8TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE ON ULTRAHIGH INTENSITY LASERS will again welcome high intensity laser enthusiasts from across the world, this time back in Europe. The conference will take place at Hotel Bad Schachen in Lindau, Germany, from September 9th to 14th 2018. The hotel is located right on the shore of Lake Constance boasting a wonderful view of the lake, but also the panoramic backdrop of the Austrian and Swiss Alps. It can be reached via the international airports in Munich (2 hours by car or 3.5 hours by train) and Zurich (2 hours by car or 2 hours by train). There is also a local airport at Friedrichshafen (30 minutes by taxi) with several connections per day from Frankfurt and London. The hotel offers park-like grounds with a spacious lakeside lido, a private boat jetty and a beautiful terrace. The conference will be held in the hotel’s congress center, with plenty of adjacent space for participants and vendors to interact

ICUIL 2018 is again expected to showcase the latest on multilateral projects like ELI, XCELS and IZEST as well as other efforts across the world in the direction of ultra-intense lasers. Following the spirit of the ICUIL conferences, in particular the last meeting at Montebello, Canada, technical and scientific themes concerning ultra-intense lasers will be addressed: (i) ultra-intense laser design and performance including Nd:glass-based, Ti:sapphire, DPSSL and OPCPA and novel architectures, (ii) novel technologies for ultra-intense lasers, e.g compression components and strategies, modelling and fabrication, high damage -threshold and ultra-broadband laser components, pulse control, and diagnostics , and (iii) applications of ultra-intense lasers for laser acceleration, short-wavelength sources, attosecond sources, exploration of warm-dense matter, high-field physics and more. This conference will emphasize the many contributions from students and young scientists in this dynamic field of ultra-high intensity lasers.

Preparation for the conference has started in November 2016. A Local Organization Board has been formed by members of the GSI Helmholtz Center Darmstadt and the Helmholtz Institute Jena: V. Bagnoud, A. Blazevic, Ch. Brabetz, T. Kuehl, S. Kunzer, D. Schumacher, T.Stoehlker, B. Zielbauer, and D. Lang.

We invite the interested community and industrial partners to mark down the date, and hope to meet you in Germany in September 2018!

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.