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November 14, 2020
Saturday Morning Physics VIRTUAL Event | The Light Fantastic, Alec Thomas – Professor (U-M NERS and U-M Physics) 

Youtube Event Link: (Link will be active at 10:30 am on 11/14/20.) See for more details.

Since the invention of Chirped Pulse Amplification (Strickland and Mourou, Physics Nobel 2018), lasers have become increasingly powerful by squeezing energy into inconceivably short pulses. The pulses of light produced by these lasers, such as the new ZEUS facility being constructed at U-M, can generate precision beams of high energy particles for new technologies, produce the conditions of extreme astrophysical environments in the laboratory and create matter from (almost) nothing.”

August 18, 2020
Prof. Carolyn Kuranz appointed to the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee.

Carolyn Kuranz, Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS), begins her term as a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC). 

September 17, 2019


From Michigan News: ANN ARBOR—The United States is upgrading its laser capabilities with ZEUS, a new three-petawatt system to be built at the University of Michigan. Three petawatts is equal to three quadrillion watts, or a 3 followed by 15 zeros.

Funded with $16 million from the National Science Foundation, the facility will enable both basic and applied research. It will test a leading theory on how the universe operates at a subatomic level, and it could lead to advancements in medicine, materials science and national security.

“This laser will have the highest peak power in the United States and will be among the world’s most powerful laser systems for the next decade,” said Karl Krushelnick, director of the Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at U-M, where the laser will be built.

Michigan Minds Podcast:  “The broader impacts of having ZEUS based here at Michigan are that we have aspects of accelerator science where we can generate very bright sources of radiation and particles, and these can be used for a whole range of engineering and science applications”.  Prof. Louise Willingale and Prof. Karl Krushelnick

Media Summary:

Back in the power game, SPIE Photonics Focus 1, page 24-29, January-February 2020.

U-M will house ZEUS, the strongest laser in the US,  University of Michigan Facebook (video).

New NSF Research Infrastructure Program Issues First Grants, APS News, November 2019, page 4.

U-M to become Mount Olympus with ZEUS, the most powerful laser to be built in the U.S., University of Michigan, EECS Department Research News, October 30, 2019.

New laser will put US back in the game of high-peak-power devices, Physics Today, September 25, 2019.

Michigan team wins funding to upgrade HERCULES laser to 3 PW,, September 19, 2019.

University of Michigan to build highest-peak-power laser in the U.S. at 3 PW, Laser Focus World, September 19, 2019.

Most powerful laser in the US to be built at U-M, Michigan News, September 17, 2019.