Extreme Light: Bridging Optics and Fundamental High Energy Physics The first steps towards Zeptosecond and Zettawatt Science

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The possibility to amplify laser to extreme peak power offers a new paradigm unifying the atomic and subatomic worlds, to include Nuclear physics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. After the description of a technique to generate zeptosecond pulses, of exawatt to zettawatt power in the x-ray and g-ray regimes, we will enunciate the applications. They will include giant particle acceleration to the level of TeV/cm providing a means for to go Beyond the High Energy  Standard Model and contribute to apprehend Cosmic Acceleration and revealing Dark Matter.

Gérard Mourou
Bowen Hall
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Room 222
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00pm

Speaker Bio

Gérard A. Mourou is Director of the Laboratoire d’ Optique Appliquée at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Technique Avancée and Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique (France). Previously, he was the Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, at the University of Michigan. Professor Mourou pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines. His research accomplishments include the creation of the ultrahigh-intensity fields, advances in relativistic nonlinear optics, generation of terahertz radiation, development of picosecond high-power switching and picosecond electron diffraction. In the area of applications he pioneered the field of sub-wavelength machining and with medical colleagues the field of femtosecond ophthalmology.