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Laser Wakefield Accelerators and Applications

LWFA of > 10 GeV electron beams using 3 PW driver

Table-top synchrotron facility for X-ray science

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Laser Production of Protons, Ions, Neutrons and other Particles

“Light sail” ion acceleration with ~ 1 GeV/nucleon

Production of positrons, muons and pions

Medical applications

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Strong Field Physics and Relativistic Plasma

Nonlinear QED

Measurements of radiation reaction in both classical and quantum regimes

Laser absorption mechanisms at ultra-high intensities with the effects of radiation reaction

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Extreme Laboratory Astrophysics

The dynamics of magnetic fields in reconnection and generation of relativistic plasma jets

Laser-driven reconnection in a relativistic pair plasma

Relativistic shocks
Generation of streaming electron-positron plasmas

Plasma physics

Basic Plasma Physics with Intense Lasers

Relativistic and strongly driven nonlinear effects of wave  mixing in plasma

Relativistically induced transparency

Generation of strong magnetic fields (~105 Tesla) and energetic particle dynamics

Nuclear photonics

Nuclear Photonics

High flux monochromatic gamma ray beams for nuclear physics

Studies of photo-fission barriers and cross-sections

Rare fission modes
Nuclear isomers for high-density energy storage