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IZEST Vision

The International Center for Zetta-Exawatt Science and Technology (IZEST) is pursuing the concepts and applications required for the next level of fundamental physics research at novel energy and length scales. In recent years great achievements have been made at large-scale research facilities toward measurements testing our most basic understandings and models of physics.The confirmation of the Higgs particle by the researchers at CERN being the most high-profile case. New pursuits going forward–including the search for dark matter and energy – are already being considered, developed and implemented. However, despite all the recent exciting discoveries, the public has become more reluctant to fund the larger-scale facilities suggested for future research. To this end, the IZEST consortium seeks to harness and build upon the existing international infrastructure and expertise to make the leap to the next generation of projects in physics with technologies based on laser-driven plasmas. As shown in Figure 1a, there are over 30 institutions and facilities associated with IZEST worldwide and there is evidently enormous potential to employ their collective resources for the future of laser-based high energy research.

Name

Country

# of Beams

Power [PW]

Pulse [fs]

SCAPA

UK

3

<0.3

30

UHI 100

France

1

0.1

30

ELPHIE

France

3

<0.1

350

ALLS

Canada

1

0.2

30

PHELIX

Germany

2

0.5

500

Texas

USA

1

1

170

SIOM

China

1

>1

30

GIST

S. Korea

2

>1

30

PETAL

France

1

>1

500

LFEX

Japan

4

1

1x105

ELI-NP

Romania

2

10

15

ELI-Beams

Czech

5

10

15

XCELS

Russia

12

15

<100

Figure 1a

Figure 1b Current map highlighting locations of many IZEST partners across the globe.

 IZEST Director: Gérard Mourou

Gérard A. Professor Mourou is Professor, member  of the Haut Collège at Ecole polytechnique(France), A.D. Moore Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Director of the new center IZEST(International Center for Zeptosecond-Exawatt Science and Technology) at Ecole polytechnique.
 
            He is recognized worldwide for his work in ultrafast science and technology, mainly for his co-invention with his student Donna Strickland of the laser amplification  technique, called Chirped Pulse Amplification(CPA). CPA, has been the gateway of the Attosecond Field and High Field Physics. As such he is often referred as the father of the Ultra High Field Science.
 
            CPA enabled him to introduce femtosecond ophthalmology that benefits one million patients per year for cornea and cataract surgeries.
 
            He returned to France in 2005 and proposed the creation of the European Infrastructure ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) and he was the coordinator of its preparatory Phase. This 1B€ facility ELI, is built on three countries, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. It is dedicated to the production of extremely intense pulses as a novel paradigm to High Energy Particle Physics.
 
            Gérard Mourou is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA). He is also a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Austria and Lombardy.