Lead beneficiary on WP3
ANDRE MYSYROWICZ CONSULTANTS is a consulting company founded in June 2008 and directed by Andre Mysyrowicz. Its activity concerns the research, counseling and development in physics, particularly in the area of intense lasers and the process of filamentation.
Andre Mysyrowicz is a recognized world leader in the field of filamentation, with more than 150 publications on this subject and more than 10 000 citations. He has a wide experience in conducting field experiments, in the development of diagnostics and in the interpretation of data. He was one of the cofounders and leaders [together with R. Sauerbrey (Jena and now in Dresden), L. Woeste in Berlin and J-P. Wolf (Lyon and now in Geneva)] of Teramobile, the first mobile terawatt laser system. Through a grant from DGA, he later acquired Enstamobile, a newer, lighter version of Teramobile with similar performances. With both lasers A. Mysyrowicz participated in several campaigns in different sites and countries (France, Germany, Canada USA, Singapour). These campaigns were conducted at sea level or on top of mountains and demonstrated the creation of plasma channels through filamentation to km distances, the triggering of electric discharges up to 500 m distance, the relatively low impact of adverse conditions on filament propagation. During the course of these campaigns, A. Mysyrowicz developed several techniques allowing the characterization of filaments and associated plasma channels (technique to measure the filament intensity, the plasma density and time evolution, the density evolution of the air track supporting filaments (long-lived low density channels). More recently, he participated in a series of experiments in Munich with a prototype of the Trumpf laser delivering ps pulses with sub-TW peak power at KHz repetition rate. These experiments demonstrated that the Trumpf laser even working at lower peak power than anticipated in the project, can induce filamentation and most important, significantly reduces (factor 3) the voltage threshold required for triggering an electric discharge in air thanks to its high repetition rate.
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