WS D6.2: “Novel Applications of Exawatt Laser Sources” organized by the Institute of Applied Physics RAS

21 September, 2016

The workshop was held from July 17 to July 23, 2016 as part of the International Conference "Frontiers of Nonlinear Physics". The meeting took place on board the river ship cruising from Nizhny Novgorod to St.Petersburg. 34 participants from different countries took part in the Workshop.

Alexander Sergeev speaking about the principal goals of CREMLIN and IAP tasks under this project. (Picture: Svetlala Krotova (IAP RAS)

The Workshop scope included the following issues relevant to the CREMLIN project:

  • Nonlinear optics and physics of extreme light
  • Probing vacuum nonlinearity with superstrong fields
  • Nonlinear dynamics of particles in laser fields and their radiation
  • Secondary sources of high-energy particles and gamma-radiation
  • Laser-matter interaction at extreme intensities
  • Nanophotonics at extreme wavelengths

Particular emphasis was placed on the research opportunities provided by XCELS under the auspices of the IAP, CEA and ELI project participants. The laser system XCELS with sub-Exawatt power currently developed at IAP RAS is a unique facility for studying new physical phenomena at the interface of strong-field physics and high-energy physics. An international network of users will emerge around XCELS to create a program of experimental research. To arrive at such a user network a guided cooperation of researchers working on scientific applications of Exawatt laser radiation is needed. This was actually the principal goal of the Workshop.

Alexander Sergeev (LEAR from IAP, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) opened the workshop and reviewed the key technologies of the XCELS project and the related experiments carried out at IAP RAS. Gerard Mourou (Ecole Polytechnique, France) gave a brilliant talk on extreme light as an intense pursuit to fundamental high energy physics. Thomas Gustavsson (CEA, France) spoke about new laser-driven secondary sources at the LIDYL laboratory. Efim Khazanov (IAP RAS, Russia) reported on the IAP RAS contribution to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) and to detecting Gravitational Waves. He also reviewed possibilities of creating sources of laser radiation with extremely high peak power. Ioan Dancus (IFIN-HH/ELI-NP, Romania) reported on the state-of-the-art of the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics that will be a new Center for Scientific Research to be built by the National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in Bucharest-Magurele, Romania. Alexey Zheltikov (MSU/TAMU, Russia, USA), Dieter Bauer (Rostock University, Germany), Julien Fuchs (LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, France), Vasily Strelkov (General Physics Institute RAS, Russia), Ken-ichi Ueda (Institute for Laser Science, Japan), Quentin Ripault (CEA-Saclay, Centre d'Etudes de Saclay, France), Arie Zigler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Wolfram Helml (Technische University Münich, Germany), Igor Kostyukov (IAP RAS, Russia), Thomas Kuehl (GSI, Germany), and other distinguished scientists presented results of the studies carried out at their research centers that may greatly contribute to achieving the goals set under the CREMLIN project.

31 presentations total were made at the workshop. The format of the workshop stimulated unlimited discussions in addition to usual session presentations and participation of world-renowned scientists gave a unique opportunity for establishing new links between the researchers.


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