Mourou, then at the University of Rochester in New York and now director of Michigan's optical science center, led a team that, to generate high-power laser pulses, invented a technique called chirped pulse
During the CLEO/QELS Plenary and Awards Session on Monday, May 17, Gerard Mourou, professor at the Ecole Polytechnique and director of the Institut de la Lumi[c]re Extreme at ENSTA, will present "New Physics at Extreme Intensities of Light," a discussion of the invention of the laser amplification technique known as Chirped Pulse
Amplification and the field of relativistic optics, made possible by the generation of extremely high laser intensities.
Several technologies will be developed during this programme conducted by Professor Jens Biegert s team, who are at the leading edge of Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse
Amplification (OPCPA) and related pump lasers.
National Energetics is based in Austin Texas and was founded by the foremost authorities in chirped pulse
amplification (CPA) technology.
Lindl said that "indirect, direct, and tetrahedral drive target illumination geometries can be accommodated by the NIP design and advanced technology for compact chirped pulse
amplification is being pursued to allow fast ignition on NIP.