Ultra-high intensity laser applications span a number of scientific disciplines, such as plasma physics and fusion research, atomic molecular & optical physics, femtosecond chemistry, astrophysics, high energy physics, materials science, biology, and medicine.
Areas where a strong impact is possible include:
- High harmonic generation and attosecond science
- Relativistic effects in interactions with atoms, molecules and electrons
- Ultrafast X-ray science
- High density science
- Fusion energy research
- Particle accelerators
- Thomson scattering
Photoacoustic imaging is a valuable high-contrast in vivo imaging technique for pre-clinical and clinical applications. This technique uses laser-induced ultrasound.
Ultrasound signal is generated in tissue, when it absorbs laser light and expands thermo-elastically, and their waves are detected by ultrasonic transducers. 2D or 3D images are then reconstructed from the accumulated data.
Laser sources for photoacoustic imaging include LPSS OPOs, DPSS OPO systems.