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More Intense, Shorter Pulses

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Science  07 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6013, pp. 41-42
DOI: 10.1126/science.1200292

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  1. Shorter, more intense.

    An inverse linear dependence exists over 18 orders of magnitude between the pulse duration of coherent light emission and the laser intensity. These entries encompass different underlying physical regimes that exhibit molecular, bound atomic electron, relativistic plasma, ultrarelativistic, and vacuum nonlinearities. Blue patches represent experimental data; red patches denote simulation or theory.

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