The HEDP Group at The Ohio State University uses a high-intensity short-pulse laser to conduct cutting edge research in laser-plasma interactions. Our laser system is capable of producing a peak power of 400 TW and a peak intensity of high 1021 W/cm2 at the laser focus.
In high intensity laser-plasma interactions, laser energy is transferred to intense radiation sources, including x-rays, γ-rays, electron, positron, proton, and neutron beams. Their applications span a wide range of fields: from medicine to inertial confinement fusion (ICF). For example, high brightness x-ray sources generated with these lasers allow scientists to probe high energy density matter, similar to the interior of a star, in ways impossible to achieve with currently available conventional sources.