Laserlab-Europe Newsletter #31: Lasers Exploring the Nanoworld

Issue 31 of the Laserlab Newsletter is now available.

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In this issue:

FOCUS: LASERS Exploring the Nanoworld

  • Ultrafast transient holographic microscopy (POLIMI, Italy and ICFO, Spain)
  • Ultrafast nanoscale electron transport in solids (LACUS, Switzerland)
  • Exploring the stiffness of nano-objects (ICFO, Spain)
  • Polarisation-resolved second harmonic generation imaging microscopy of 2D materials (FORTH, Greece)
  • Femtosecond magnetisation dynamics for faster magnetic storage (LOA, France)
  • Transient X-ray grating spectroscopy for nanoscale measurements (LACUS, Switzerland, LENS and FERMI, Italy)


  • Twisting magnetisation with light – Laser pulses enable faster creation of skyrmions inmagnets
  • A new type of miniature plasma particle accelerator
  • APOLLON upgrade well underway
  • Surface-sensitive nonlinear XUV-Spectroscopy
  • Molecular chirality in broad daylight
  • Laserlab-Europe for a better future – Position Paper published


ERC Consolidator Grants for Jochen Mikosch (MBI) and Darrick Chang, Gerasimos Konstantatos and Leticia Tarruell (ICFO).

ACCESS HIGHLIGHT AT PALS: Radiation properties of high-power laser generated supersonic jets and shocks

The experimental campaign performed at the Laserlab-Europe partner PALS was dedicated to the study of supersonic plasma jets and shocks, with particular focus on the radiative properties of their formation and evolution. The findings showed that the density and topology of the ambient plasma had a significant effect on the shock geometry, both by directly altering the plasma parameters in the interaction region, but also indirectly by its influence on the jet formation.

Editorial Team:

Rebecca Davenport, Daniela Stozno, Julia Michel

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