Plasma Physics Reports

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 12–27 | Cite as

On the design of experiments for the study of relativistic nonlinear optics in the limit of single-cycle pulse duration and single-wavelength spot size

  • G. Mourou
  • Z. Chang
  • A. Maksimchuk
  • J. Nees
  • S. V. Bulanov
  • V. Yu. Bychenkov
  • T. Zh. Esirkepov
  • N. M. Naumova
  • F. Pegoraro
  • H. Ruhl
Nonlinear Phenomena in Plasma

Abstract

We propose a set of experiments with the aim of studying for the first time relativistic nonlinear optics in the fundamental limits of single-cycle pulse duration and single-wavelength spot size. The laser system that makes this work possible is now operating at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan. Its high repetition rate (1 kHz) will make it possible to perform a detailed investigation of relativistic effects in this novel regime. This study has the potential to make the field of relativistic optics accessible to a wider community and to open the door for real-world applications of relativistic optics, such as electron/ion acceleration and neutron and positron production.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Mourou
    • 1
  • Z. Chang
    • 1
  • A. Maksimchuk
    • 1
  • J. Nees
    • 1
  • S. V. Bulanov
    • 2
  • V. Yu. Bychenkov
    • 3
  • T. Zh. Esirkepov
    • 4
  • N. M. Naumova
    • 2
  • F. Pegoraro
    • 5
  • H. Ruhl
    • 6
  1. 1.Center for Ultrafast Optical ScienceUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Institute of General PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Lebedev Institute of PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Moscow Institute for Physics and TechnologyDolgoprudnyi, Moscow oblastRussia
  5. 5.University of Pisa and National Institute for Physics of MatterPisaItaly
  6. 6.Max Born InstituteBerlinGermany

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