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Significant progress has been made in high-power solid-state laser development and related laser fusion and strong-field studies at the CAEP (China Academy of Engineering Physics) in recent years. A Ti:sapphire laser system, SILEX-I, was completed early in 2004 and could deliver 26- fs pulses at 300TW to targets. The SILEX-I has been operated very stably since its completion for experiments in exploring a number of frontiers, demonstrating that it is the most powerful femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser for applications in the world. The SG-III Nd:glass laser facility has been under final design to meet the requirements from laser fusion applications and will produce 3- to 5-ns pulses at 0.35 μm with an output energy of about 150 kJ. The eight-beamline TIL (technical integration line), the prototype of the SG-III laser facility, has been activated in the new laboratory in Mianyang and will be completed in 2006 for operation. The SG-II laser at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics has been operating as a major facility for experiments on fusion physics since 2001. Experiments on hohlraum and implosion physics have been conducted. Simultaneously, advanced plasma diagnostic technologies for implosion hydrodynamics have been developed.5


Significant progress has been made in high-power solid-state laser development and related laser fusion and strong-field studies at the CAEP (China Academy of Engineering Physics) in recent years. A Ti:sapphire laser system, SILEX-I, was completed early in 2004 and could deliver 26- fs pulses at 300TW to targets. The SILEX-I has been operated very stably since its completion for experiments in exploring a number of frontiers, demonstrating that it is the most powerful femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser for applications in the world. The SG-III Nd:glass laser facility has been under final design to meet the requirements from laser fusion applications and will produce 3- to 5-ns pulses at 0.35 μm with an output energy of about 150 kJ. The eight-beamline TIL (technical integration line), the prototype of the SG-III laser facility, has been activated in the new laboratory in Mianyang and will be completed in 2006 for operation. The SG-II laser at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics has been operating as a major facility for experiments on fusion physics since 2001. Experiments on hohlraum and implosion physics have been conducted. Simultaneously, advanced plasma diagnostic technologies for implosion hydrodynamics have been developed.5