Plasmas in extreme electromagnetic fields

  • Francesco PegoraroEmail author
Classical and quantum plasmas
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Classical and quantum plasmas: matter under extreme conditions
  2. Classical and quantum plasmas: matter under extreme conditions
  3. Classical and quantum plasmas: matter under extreme conditions


The recent developments in the generation of laser pulses with ultra-high power (presently petawatt and progressing) have opened up a new frontier in plasma research by making it possible to obtain and to study “mesoscopic” amounts of relativistic (ionized) matter in compact-size experiments in the laboratory. This will make it possible to investigate in a controlled environment the nonlinear dynamics of collective relativistic systems, to enter the Quantum Electrodynamics plasma regime, and to explore conditions that are of interest for high-energy astrophysics and beyond.


Relativistic plasmas Ultra-intense electromagnetic fields High-energy laboratory astrophysics 



I would like to thank the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Fondazione Guido Donegani for hosting the International conference “Classical and quantum plasmas: matter under extreme conditions” (Rome, Palazzo Corsini, April 5–6, 2018) where these physics issues were discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentPisa UniversityPisaItaly
  2. 2.National Research CouncilNational Institute of OpticsPisaItaly

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