Dr. Ishay Pomerantz works on experimental studies of high-intensity laser-matter interaction. His new laboratory hosts a 20 Terawatt laser system. The focused laser pulses instantly ionize matter and induce a large variety of high-energy particle emission.
Research projects include: investigation of highly non-linear emission of extreme UV light from irradiated plasma mirrors and from gas targets, and acceleration of electrons and ions to multi-MeV energies. These reaction products are employed for conducting high-resolution microscopy and for generating a high flux of neutrons, which is used for reaction cross section measurements and for radiography. Research achievements include: Setup of the new laboratory, installation and commissioning of a 20 Terawatt laser system.
Future directions include: Leading experimental activities at the European Extreme Light Infrastructure consortium, which comes online in 2019.