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.


  • Evolution of laser peak power
  • Chipped pulse amplification
  • Pulse generation and characterization
  • Ultrahigh-intensity applications
  • Electron acceleration
  • Self-focusing
  • harmonic generation
  • ICF fast ignitor
  • Astrophysics
  • Quantum electrodynamics
  • References