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Ultrafast Ultraintense Laser-Matter Interactions - From Molecules to Metals
Final rept. Sep 2008-Sep 2011
ROCHESTER UNIV NY INST OF OPTICS
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This project aims at exploring a number of exciting new research directions in studying molecules and metals subject to ultrafast ultrainense laser irradiation. In studying molecules in intense laser fields, we have made progresses in extending the study of multielectron effects to tri-atomic molecules and provided a deeper understanding of the intense field behaviors. In the study of metals, we recently showed that a piece of shiny metal can be transformed to a nearly perfect light absorber following intense femtosecond laser pulse treatment. This project allowed us to extend our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms to a much deeper level. Furthermore, we have made a number of discoveries from making much brighter light sources to superwicking materials.
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