This lecture course comprises 2 hours lecture and 1 hour seminar per
week. It will cover all basics and topics relevant for state-of-the-
art Petawatt laser systems. It will also highlight and describe the
differences between PW-systems which are currently operational or
under construction in laser labs all over the world. Special
attention will be given to the all-diode pumped PW-class laser system
POLARIS at the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics at the
University of Jena. Prior knowledge in electrodynamics and laser
physics are recommended but not conditional.
The credits will be given for attending the lecture, active
participation in the seminar and an oral or written exam at the end
of the course.