News and Media

September 14, 2022
First light at the most powerful laser in the US

University of Michigan News.

September 14, 2022
Univ. of Michigan’s ZEUS Will Be Most Powerful Laser in US

Associated Press.

May 18, 2022
Amy Brooks awarded College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations to Amy Brooks on her award in recognition of her exemplary service to faculty, staff, and students in the area of Optics & Photonics, as well as the Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optics Science.

April 13, 2022
Louise Willingale named Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Professor Willingale!

Oct 26, 2021
Igor Jovanovic named Fellow of the American Nuclear Society

Congratulations to Professor Jovanovic!

August 12, 2021
Most powerful laser in the US to begin operations soon, supported by $18.5M from the NSF
April 16, 2021
ZEUS Research Scientist, Dr Anatoly Maksimchuk, receives the 2021 University of Michigan Research Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the science and technology of high intensity laser-plasma interactions.

Congratulations to Dr. Maksimchuk! ZEUS is very lucky to have you as a key member of our team!

March 13, 2021
Multi-Petawatt Physics Prioritization (MP3) Workshop announced

The Multi-Petawatt Physics Prioritization (MP3) Workshop will bring together scientific communities to focus on promising new science enabled by a new generation of ultra-intense and powerful lasers (such as ZEUS!). Louise Willingale, Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be co-chairing the workshop. Everyone from the ZEUS community please get involved!

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:

Even COVID Can’t Stop ZEUS, NSF news, April 2021.

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.