The LaserNetUS network serves scientists in the United States by providing access to domestic user facilities and enabling a broad range of frontier scientific research. It is directly responsive to recommendations made in the recently released National Academy of Sciences Report with regard to US strategy in high intensity laser research, “Opportunities in Intense Ultrafast Lasers: Reaching for the Brightest Light”. As detailed in this report, the research in this area has the potential to transform science in a number of fields and open up new areas of fundamental research.
Currently the network includes five academic- and four national lab-based high intensity laser facilities. These facilities are distributed geographically throughout the US and the network will provide access to complementary facilities that have unique world-class laser and experimental capabilities, such as pulse energy, pulse duration, repetition rate and diagnostics. LaserNetUS will make these existing petawatt-class laser facilities available to users from around the country who until now have not had regular access to such machines. Consequently, the network, which will develop over time, will also become a key element in driving forward national research in high field and high energy density plasma science.