Laser-driven plasma sources of intense, ultrafast, and coherent radiation

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High-power lasers can deliver extreme light intensities, but avoiding damage in optical components requires large beam sizes, hindering further advances. The use of plasma as a medium for generating and manipulating light avoids the damage thresholds of solid materials and can support extraordinarily bright radiation. We discuss here how parametric plasma amplification and relativistic high-order harmonic generation offer paths to the development of light sources with peak powers beyond the capabilities of solid-state optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013105
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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