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Achieving extreme light intensities using optically curved relativistic plasma mirrors

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Henri Vincenti

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This Letter proposes a realistic implementation of the curved relativistic mirror concept to reach unprecedented light intensities in experiments. The scheme is based on relativistic plasma mirrors that are optically curved by laser radiation pressure. Its validity is supported by cutting-edge three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations and a theoretical model, which show that intensities above 1025 W cm−2 could be reached with a 3 PetaWatt (PW) laser. Its very high robustness to laser and plasma imperfections is shown to surpass all previous schemes and should enable its implementation on existing PW laser facilities.

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cea-02284111 , version 1 (11-09-2019)

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Henri Vincenti. Achieving extreme light intensities using optically curved relativistic plasma mirrors. Physical Review Letters, 2019, 123 (10), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.105001⟩. ⟨cea-02284111⟩
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