"The development of chirped-pulse amplification by Gérard and Donna has created numerous new applications in science and industry and has catalyzed research around the world in high-peak-power lasers," said Laboratory Director, Michael Campbell. "The research that led to the Nobel was conducted at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and highlights the quality and innovation that has long characterized the University's contributions to optics and laser science. All of us extend our sincere congratulations to Gérard and Donna for their pioneering and impactful research."
To this day, CPA remains the state-of-the-art technique for generating the highest-power lasers in the world. CPA enables cost-effective, high-power lasers that are used ubiquitously in universities and industries around the world. CPA produces laser intensities that accelerate relativistic particle beams for scientific, medical, and industrial applications. Ultrahigh intensity lasers based on CPA generate new high-energy photon sources, including x rays and gamma rays, that can probe dense matter and even nuclear structures. CPA is the foundation for producing laser pulses that probe atomic and solid-state dynamics, opening new fields like femtochemistry. Industry has adapted CPA for a range of laser materials processing techniques, including machining of brittle materials like the cover glass used in smart phones.