Route to Single Cycle Exawatt Laser Route to Laser Subatomic Physics

Route to Single Cycle Exawatt Laser Route to Laser Subatomic Physics

Physics Colloquium

Date

March 13, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location

Marcus Nano

Room

1116

Speaker

Affiliation

École Polytechnique

Hitherto, the laser has been very successful to study atomic physics. The possibility to amplify lasers to extreme peak power offers a new paradigm unifying the atomic and subatomic worlds, to include Nuclear physics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. This application needs extreme intensities. At the moment we are experiencing a rush toward the 10 PW led by the 3-pillar ELI infrastructure along with Apollon in France and similar infrastructures in Russia, USA, China  and Korea.

The applications include x-ray and TeV /cm with the goal to go beyond the High Energy Standard Model and contribute to apprehending Cosmic Acceleration and revealing Dark Matter.  The societal applications are also numerous with proton therapy, short-lived isotope production, nuclear waste transmutation and the like.