Applied Physics B

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 205–211

The ultrahigh-peak-power laser: present and future

  • G. Mourou

DOI: 10.1007/s003400050265

Cite this article as:
Mourou, G. Appl Phys B (1997) 65: 205. doi:10.1007/s003400050265


to 1020-W/cm2 range. With some refinements and with superior energy storage materials, even higher peak power in the petawatt range should be possible from tabletop systems. In this paper we show the ultimate achievable power and intensity, as well as their applications in science and technology. Their applications cover a wide variety of fields, such as precision surgery, micromachining, coherent and incoherent X-ray generation, thermonuclear ignition, particle acceleration, and nonlinear quantum electrodynamics.

PACS: 42.65

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Mourou
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan, 2200 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2099, USA (Fax: +1-313/763-4875, E-mail: