Terawatt to petawatt subpicosecond lasers.

  title={Terawatt to petawatt subpicosecond lasers.},
  author={Michael D. Perry and G{\'e}rard A. Mourou},
  volume={264 5161},
The application of the chirped-pulse amplification technique to solid-state lasers combined with the availability of broad-bandwidth materials has made possible the development of small-scale terawatt and now even petawatt (1000-terawatt) laser systems. The laser technology used to produce these intense pulses and examples of new phenomena resulting from the application of these systems to atomic and plasma physics are described. 
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