Prof. Karl Krushelnick, professor of Nuclear
Engineering & Radiological Sciences, and EECS, was named a Fellow of the
American Physical Society, "For
pioneering contributions to experimental high-intensity laser plasma physics
including the production of high-quality relativistic electron beams,
energetic proton beams and the development of techniques to measure very
large magnetic fields in intense laser-produced plasmas."
Prof. Krushelnick is Associate Director for High
Field Science at the Center for
Ultrafast Optical Science, where, he states, "we have several
state-of-the-art high power short pulse laser systems including the
"Hercules" laser - which will soon be operational at 0.5 Petawatts (1015
Watts). One major use of these laser systems is the development of
"table-top" accelerators for both relativistic electrons and ions - and the
subsequent production of narrow bandwidth x-ray sources." His own research
is in the area of ultra-high intensity laser plasma interactions.