Welcome to HIPOLIN 2014 Erasmus IP

TEI of Crete / CPPL and the organising committee welcomes you to the European Erasmus IP on "An Introduction to High Power Light-Matter Interactions" (HIPOLIN). HIPOLIN is an intense training course funded by the Erasmus IP action.

One of the most exciting areas of science and technology during the last two decades is that of high power laser light interactions with matter. This is because nowadays the power of laser light has reached the PW (Petawatt) regime, at which, phenomena that could not be investigated before, can now be explored in the lab. The output of such research is new fascinating science from the atomic to the universal level and technological applications, ranging from medicine to energy production, all being directly related to the improved quality of life of our mankind.

Laser – matter interaction is a wide range subject and as such, it is difficult to fit in a four year BSc program. Due to its diversity, several specialists are needed for properly teaching the subject, which are usually not available in a single institution. This is why  this exciting subject has not yet become a part of the traditional BSc higher education curriculum’s for most of the Higher Education Establishments in Europe. On the other hand,  postgraduate programmes focus on specialisation, which sometimes “destroys” the beauty of a global confrontation of the subject.

      The aim of this IP is to fill the aforementioned educational gap by giving the opportunity to the participants to follow an integrated intensive programme in high power laser matter interactions. The topics that the proposed IP will cover are:

i. new developments in the  technology used in high power laser systems,
ii. the principles of the high power laser matter interactions as well as an overview of all the relevant critical phenomena,
iii. the behaviour of matter under extreme conditions (i.e. atoms under extremely high EM fields, Warm Dense Matter, Laboratory Astrophysics, earth core science, hard rack electronics)
iv. scientific applications  including particle acceleration, generation of hard coherent and non coherent X-rays, γ-rays and  high frequency ultrasounds as well as medical applications, and
v. laser driven fusion as a mean for cheap and clean energy production.

The IP is designed for a) final year undergraduate students of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Electronic & Electrical engineering Departments and b) graduate students that are starting their Master or PhD degree in the area of laser matter interactions and optoelectronics technologies (e.g. laser technologies etc.) All lectures will be held in English.