The ELI-NP (Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics) in Magurele, Romania, hosts a unique and unprecedentedly high-intense laser system.
The laser system has an output capability of 10 PW (= 1016 Watt) supplied individually by two beamlines, which correspond to around
12 % of the total power received by the Earth from the Sun. This output can be repeated every one minute. We have to thank Professors
Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland, who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018 for their groundbreaking invention of the
chirped pulse amplification technique that enabled the construction of our laser system.
If we can produce this fraction of instantaneous sunlight power in a laboratory, what do scientists do with it? According to Albert Einstein, energy corresponds to a mass, implying that if we concentrate tremendous energy into a small volume, a finite mass may be created from vacuum. The scientists are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to reach this guiding light and a manifold of other concepts in experimental physics and related applications. Therefore, it is our great pleasure to host this inaugural symposium for our users.
ELI-NP is funded with the structural fund by the European Commission since 2012 and has been intended to serve European and international research communities.
Kazuo A. Tanaka, Scientific Director
Scientific Director: Prof. Kazuo A. TANAKA
Secretary: Ms. Cristina HOLEAB