Discovery science at Trident Laser Facility
Several important discoveries and first observations have been made at the Trident Laser Facility, a unique three-beam neodymium-glass laser system for experiments requiring high-energy laser-light pulses.
The Los Alamos user facility provides a combination of capabilities for high-energy-density physics not found elsewhere in the world.
These discoveries include
- Laser-accelerated MeV mono-energetic ions,
- Nonlinear kinetic plasma waves,
- The transition between kinetic and fluid nonlinear behavior for plasma waves, and
- Other fundamental laser-matter interaction processes.
Trident has achieved world records in many aspects of laser-accelerated ion research, including
- Proton and ion energies,
- Beam emittance,
- Conversion efficiency, and
- Other important parameters.
Trident's one-of-a-kind long-pulse capabilities have enabled state-of-the-art innovations in laser-launched flyer-plates and other unique loading techniques for material dynamics research.
Experiments at Trident have resulted in more than 300 publications, including numerous papers in high-impact journals such as Physical Review Letters and Nature.