The 9th edition of the summer school Atoms and Plasmas in Super-Intense Laser Fields has been postponed to 2021 due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus disease. We will provide more information on this webpage in due time.
PURPOSE OF THE COURSE
Laser-produced plasmas represent a rapidly evolving field of science, which in recent years has brought to new important discoveries, as well as to the search for the demonstration of nuclear fusion in the laboratory.
The advent of laser systems capable of delivering very short pulses and very high intensities has made accessible new regimes to experimental investigations and has opened new horizons in the interaction of laser fields with atoms, solids and plasmas. In these extreme conditions, electrons are accelerated at velocities close to the velocity of light, so that strongly non-linear and relativistic interactions take place. A large variety of applications has arisen, from novel light and X-ray sources, to new particle acceleration techniques, with possible applications to physics and medicine.
High-energy laser systems, like NIF in the US and now LMJ/PETAL in France, offer the possibility of investigating exotic states of matter, astrophysics in the laboratory and, of course, the physics of Inertial Fusion in particular through advanced ignition schemes (fast ignition and shock ignition).
The Course will cover areas of interest to the atomic, laser, and plasma physics scientific communities with particular care towards the physics of Inertial Confinement Fusion. The Course is also supported by the ENSURE project, ERC-2014-CoG (Grant Agreement 647554). It is opened in particular to students and researchers wishing to enter this new field. Lectures will cover current developments in theory and experiments but are also intended to give the basics of the field. Poster sessions allowing participants to show their work are planned.