Ultra-intense Laser Matter Interactions at the University of Michigan
The technology of high power lasers has seen rapid recent developments resulting in the ongoing construction of lasers with powers up to 10 PW (10^16 Watts). I will review some of the recent experimental results using the high intensity HERCULES laser at Michigan. This includes the development of "table-top" sources of GeV electrons, positrons, pions and gamma rays as well as femtosecond duration beams of x-rays for probing and imaging matter with extreme temporal resolution. I will also discuss some of the exciting physics which will be made possible by the even larger laser systems about to begin operation.