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IZEST Lauching Workshop - Palaiseau - France

From November 28 to 29, 2011 a two-day workshop with the aim to review the role that Ultrahigh Intensity Laser could play in fundamental physics and study the technology that needs to be brought to bear towards a successful coaction. We will also initiate a joint strategy, form coordination groups, and provide recommendations for the Exawatt facilities in the planning stage.

Fundamental High Energy Physics has been mainly driven by the high energy fermionic colliding beam paradigm. Today the possibility to amplify laser to extreme energy and peak power offers, in addition to possibly more compact and cheaper ways to help HEP, a suit of complementary new alternatives underpinned by single shot, large field laser pulse, that together we could call Laser-based High Field Fundamental Physics. The main mission of the International center on Zetta-Exawatt Science and Technology (IZEST) is to muster the scientific community behind this new concept. As an example, we project to use the laser field to probe the nonlinearity of vacuum due to nonlineairities and light-mass weak coupling fields such as Heisenberg-Euler QED, dark matter and dark energy. We envision that seeking the non-collider paradigm without large luminosity substantially shorten our time-line; we further accelerate the latter by adopting the existing large energy laser LIL. The accelerated research on the non-collider paradigm in TeV and beyond could, however stimulate innovation in collider thinking such as lower luminosity paths, novel radiation cooling, and gamma-gamma colliders. The advancement of intense short-pulsed laser energy by 2-3 orders of magnitude empowers us a tremendous potential of unprecedented discoveries. These include: TeV physics, physics beyond TeV, new light-mass weak-coupling field discovery potential, nonlinear QED and QCD fields, radiation physics in the vicinity of the Schwinger field, and zeptosecond dynamical spectroscopy of vacuum. In addition, we want to take advantage of the ultrashort particle or radiation pulses produced in the femto, atto, and zeptosecond timescale to perform a new type of particle/radiation precision metrology that would help to remove the uncertainty around the neutrino speed. Finally, the TeV particles that can be produced on demand could offer a new tool to TeV Astrophysics.

Today, a number of exawatt class facilities in Europe and in the world are already in the planning stage, like the ELI-Fourth Pillar and the Russian Mega Science Laser as well as a possible Japanese Exawatt Laser. IZEST should serve as a common platform opened to the international scientific community with a passion for this emerging opportunies and the desire to participate. IZEST headquarter will be located at the Ecole Polytechnique, the center of this facility. The experimental program will be performed at the beginning on the most powerful European laser, the LIL laser at the CEA-CESTA in Bordeaux and on the Russian Exawatt once completed. It is expected that a large part of the work will also be carried out in the IZEST-associated laboratories around the world.

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Organizers :
G Mourou, Institut Lumière Extreme, ENSTA, Chemin de la Huniere, 91761 Palaiseau, France
T Tajima, Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, 85748, Germany
T Massard, CEA DAM, Bruyeres le Chatel France
G Petite, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau, France

CEA - Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
EP - Ecole Polytechnique
MESR - Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche