Ultra-intense lasers

Beyond a petawatt

Increasing the power of ultra-high-intensity lasers requires crystal amplifiers and metre-scale optical compression gratings that are ever more difficult to build. Simulations suggest that Raman amplification in a plasma could permit the generation of laser intensities many orders of magnitude higher than currently possible.

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Figure 1: Sequence of processes involved in the Raman amplification approach presented by Trines and co-workers1.


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Suckewer, S. Beyond a petawatt. Nature Phys 7, 11–12 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys1897

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