Research activity overview

The advent of the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) technique was the technological breakthrough leading to a dramatic increase in the reachable laser powers and intensities. Higher laser intensities mean also higher laser electric fields. As a result, the continuous technological progress has allowed laboratory studies of new physics, from strong field laser-atom interactions, up to ultra-relativistic laser-plasmas and high-energy particle acceleration. This physics is important and fascinating, because it studies non-linear properties of matter in ultra-strong laser fields.

Our group studies the physics of short laser puse interaction with matter theoretically using both numerical and analytical approaches.
To simulate the relativistic laser-plasmas we use the Particle-in-Cell code VLPL:
Virtual Laser Plasma Lab.

The main directions of our present activity include:


Bubble acceleration laser-driven particle acceleration


Fast Ignition studies beam-driven particle acceleration


Intensity in the CHF plane high harmonics and (sub-)attosecond pulses


betatron emission advanced light sources


Intensity in the CHF plane laser pulse shortening and/or compression


Intensity in the CHF plane Fast Ignition concept in Inertial  Confinement Fusion


The code VLPL massively parallel programming


betatron emission development of novel numerical methods for laser-matter interactions


QED QED effects in plasmas at ultra-high intensities