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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 3 — Sep. 25, 2008
  • pp: 178–185

High Power Lasers and Their New Applications

Yasukazu Izawa, Noriaki Miyanaga, Junji Kawanaka, and Koichi Yamakawa  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of the Optical Society of Korea, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 178-185 (2008)

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Recent progress in high power lasers enables us to access a regime of high-energy-density and/or ultra-strong fields that was not accessible before, opening up a fundamentally new physical domain which includes laboratory astrophysics and laser nuclear physics. In this article, new applications of high-energy and ultra-intense laser will be reviewed.

© 2008 Optical Society of Korea

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(350.2660) Other areas of optics : Fusion
(350.4990) Other areas of optics : Particles
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

Original Manuscript: August 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 11, 2008
Published: September 25, 2008

Yasukazu Izawa, Noriaki Miyanaga, Junji Kawanaka, and Koichi Yamakawa, "High Power Lasers and Their New Applications," J. Opt. Soc. Korea 12, 178-185 (2008)

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