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C. Institute of Laser Engineering

The Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE) was founded in 1972 and unified with the Research Center for Superconductor Photonics in 2004. The objective of the Institute is to develop high energy and high power lasers and to open a new scientific field related to the extremely high energy density state created by the high power lasers.

 ILE consists of five research divisions: Power Photonics, Laser Fusion, High Energy-Density Science, Laser Terahertz, as well as Radiation and Particle Physics. In the Power Photonics Division, new laser materials with high endurance and advanced technologies to control the laser are studied to construct extremely high power and high-intensity lasers. The Laser Fusion Division explores the feasibility of a fast ignition scheme using an ultra-short, intense laser pulse, which is an innovative approach toward high-gain laser fusion. The High Energy-Density Science Division covers laboratory astrophysics, planet physics, particle acceleration, and laser nuclear physics that can be realized with the ultra-high intensity laser. The Laser Terahertz Division explores science, technology and the application of terahertz electromagnetic wave radiation generated with laser irradiation. The Radiation and Particle Physics Division deals with physics and applications of radiations from laser-produced plasma, including energetic particles, X-rays and EUV for lithography.

This research is based upon a variety of lasers, including the Gekko XII high power laser (10 kJ in 1ns), the ultra-high intensity LFEX laser (10 kJ in 10 ps) and the high repetition rate YAG laser (5 kW > 10 kHz). These laser facilities are open not only for domestic users, but also for international users.

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