Terawatt to Petawatt Subpicosecond Lasers

Science  13 May 1994:
Vol. 264, Issue 5161, pp. 917-924
DOI: 10.1126/science.264.5161.917


The application of the chirped-pulse amplification technique to solid-state lasers combined with the availability of broad-bandwidth materials has made possible the development of small-scale terawatt and now even petawatt (1000-terawatt) laser systems. The laser technology used to produce these intense pulses and examples of new phenomena resulting from the application of these systems to atomic and plasma physics are described.