January 25th-26th, 2018 the Laser High Field community will celebrate the 70th birthday of one of its founders, mentor and inventor, Professor Toshiki Tajima. This rennaissance man with boundless imagination has been the driving force in building connections among the domains of ultrafast optics, plasma physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics.
But his most acclaimed contribution has been the invention with John Dawson in 1979 of Laser Wakefield Acceleration (LWA). The same concept was extended to electron and proton beams, few years later by P. Chen, J. Dawson, R.WW Huff, T Katsouleas.
Today, using Toshiki Tajima invention, hundreds of groups and thousands of researchers worldwide carry the hope to revolutionize high-energy physics beyond today’s existing frontiers.
Happy 70th Birthday, Toshi!!!
Organizing Committee :
- Prof. Gerard Mourou, IZEST Director, Ecole polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
- Prof. Michl Binderbauer, TAE Technologies, CA, USA
- Prof. Zhihong Lin, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI
- Prof. Christopher Barty, LLNL, Livermore, CA, USA
- Prof. James Bullock, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI
- Prof. Pisin Chen, LeCosPA, Taipei, Taiwan
- Prof. Ken Jenda, Dean, School of Physical Sciences, UCI
- Prof. Yoshiaki Kato, GPI President & The Laser Society of Japan President, Japan
- Prof. Peter Taborek, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCI
- Debbie Margarit, TAE Technologies, CA, USA
- Catherine Sarrazin, IZEST, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
- Jan Strudwick, The University of California, Irvine, Department of Physics & Astronomy.