The workshop will be organized in two tracks to define (1) the scientific research needs (SRNs) for intense ultrafast lasers emphasizing parameters beyond the current state of the art in areas critical to frontier science, and (2) the technology research needs (TRNs) to realize these parameters, including peak power, repetition rate, pulse duration, wavelength, and focusable intensity.

A workshop report will summarize the findings of the workshop for use by other community planning efforts (e.g. FESAC strategic planning, NAS plasma decadal study, etc.) and stimulate support by funding agencies to meet these goals.

SRN topical panels and individuals who will lead discussions and prepare related sections of the workshop report include: 

  1. High-energy-density (HED) and basic plasma physics
    Bedros Afeyan (Polymath Research) and Sean Finnegan (LANL)
    Topics: LPI, Instabilities, Plasma Photonics, laser-driven B fields, spectroscopy, atomic physics, warm dense matter, pair plasmas.
  2. Material, planetary, astrophysical sciences
    Frederico Fiuza (SLAC) and Dustin Froula (LLE)
    Topics: Dynamic material science, shocks, equation of state, opacity, material strength, collisionless shocks, hydrodynamic instabilities, radiation-induced defects in materials.
  3. Laser wakefield acceleration and applications
    Cameron Geddes (LBNL) and Mike Downer (U. Texas Austin)
    opics: Electron acceleration, injection mechanisms, staging, light sources (betatron, Compton, FEL), applications (medical, HED, material science), LWFA diagnostics.
  4. High-field physics, QED, and Attoscience
    Alec Thomas (U Michigan), Alexei Arefiev (UCSD), and Lou DiMauro (OSU)
    Topics: Radiation reaction, quantum effects, High Harmonics Generation, Schwinger limit, high field science.
  5. Particle acceleration: neutrons, ions, protons, positrons
    Doug Schumacher (OSU) and Scott Wilks (LLNL)
    Topics : Ion acceleration (TNSA, RPA, BOA, shock), neutrons, positrons, applications (medical, HED science, industry)
  6. Nuclear photonics
    Markus Roth (Darmstadt) and Igor Jovanovic (U. Michigan)
    Topics: Nuclear physics with short-pulse lasers and gamma-ray beams:cross sections, nuclear resonances, applications.

TRN topical panels and individuals who will lead discussions and prepare related sections of the workshop report on challenges related to laser technology and experimental technologies, theoretical and computational needs, and operational issues associated with four different types of laser capabilities:

  1. Achieving the highest intensities (beyond 1022 W/cm2)
    Co-leads: Jake Bromage (LLE)/Erhard Gaul (National Energetics)
  2. Pushing high-energy (10 J < E < 10 kJ), high-intensity lasers to average powers
    Co-leads: Alan Fry (SLAC)/Tom Spinka (LLNL)
  3. Producing femtosecond systems with the highest average powers (>1 kw per beam)
    Co-leads: Peter Moulton (MIT LL)/Almantas Galvanauskas (Univ. Michigan)
  4. Upgrading/extending performance of existing (mid-scale) facilities
    Co-leads: Jorge Rocca (Colorado State Univ.)/Csaba Toth (LBNL)