Applied Physics Seminar, High-intensity laser-plasma interactions: the relativistic regime and beyond
Louise Willingale, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan College of Engineering, University of MIchigan
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
335 West Hall Map
Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) won Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland the 2018 Nobel prize in Physics and is a technique that has been transformative for generating extremely large electric fields in the laboratory. I will present an overview of the work taking place in the High Field Science group at the Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciences (CUOS). We use high-intensity laser pulses as a tool to generate highly relativistic electron beams, bright and directional x-ray sources, proton, ion and neutron beams as well as creating conditions to test extreme plasma physics processes. Then I will present in more detail recent experiments investigating laser generated magnetic field generation and dynamics and how magnetic reconnection can be studied in the laboratory. To conclude I will describe future plans for using the upgraded Hercules laser facility and beyond.
|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Applied Physics|