Petawatt and exawatt class lasers worldwide
In the 2015 review paper ‘Petawatt Class Lasers Worldwide’ a comprehensive overview of the current status of high-power facilities of >200 TW was presented. This was largely based on facility specifications, with some description of their uses, for instance in fundamental ultra-high-intensity interactions, secondary source generation, and inertial confinement fusion (ICF). With the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Professors Donna Strickland and Gerard Mourou for the development of the technique of chirped pulse amplification (CPA), which made these lasers possible, a new paper 'Petawatt and exawatt class lasers worldwide" celebrate by providing a comprehensive update of the current status of ultra-high-power lasers and demonstrate how the technology has developed.
Geographic distribution of high-peak-power lasers (top); the SULF Prototype laser during final commissioning before being transferred to the SULF building (bottom left); the historical journey to multi-petawatt ultra-short-pulse laser facilities (bottom right).