Modern laser sources routinely reach intensities as high as 10²² W/cm². Consequently, extremely high electric fields, with values higher than 1 TV/m, have been produced by focusing ultrashort high-intensity laser pulses onto targets. Energetic particles (electrons, ions), as well as radiation from X-ray to γ-ray, can be produced using the appropriate target (gas jets, thin foils, clusters). Laser-driven particles and radiations have unique properties such as pulse length and brightness, which make them different from more conventional sources. Ultra-intense laser systems enable the advent of new scientific practices with significant applications, notably in fundamental science, medical research as well as in industry.
Numerous emerging scientific domains already use these sources. For instance, fast chemistry assists the generation of the quasi-monoenergetic Electron beam at several Gev for, radiotherapy, and material science, a future generation of particle colliders, laboratory astrophysics. The availability of relatively inexpensive, compact accelerators for a wide range of electron energies (multi- GeV) or proton energies of (10-100 MeV) makes them affordable to universities and industries. Amplitude’s intense lasers PULSAR and ARCO have been designed to serve the needs of the most challenging applications. These product lines are characterized by their peak performance, vast range of options, robust and flexible architecture and upgradable monitoring system which greatly enhance the user experience.