We report on a revolutionary laser architecture that makes possible for the first time to accelerate particles to very high energy(GeV) at high repetition rate(kHz) with good efficiency. 150-word Biography: Gerard A. Mourou is Professor, member of the Haut Collège at the Ecole Polytechnique(France), Professor at the University of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) and A.D. Moore Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He is also Director of the newly created Center IZEST(International Center for Zettawatt-Exawatt Science and Technology) at the Ecole Polytechnique. He spent most of his career at the Universities of Rochester and Michigan Ann Arbor. He is recognized as a pioneer in the field of ultrafast Optics and ultra intense laser where he demonstrated,the techniques of THz generation, picosecond electron diffraction, electrooptics sampling and femtosecond ophthalmology. With Donna Strickland he showed the technique of Chirped Pulse Amplification, fulcrum of Ultrahigh field science. He was the initiator and coordinator of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI). Recently he proposed a novel laser architecture CAN(cCoherent Amplifying Network) susceptible to provide not only PW peak power with MW average power and good efficiency. As the head of the International consortium ICAN, he validated the concept that could make the laser entry to sub-nuclear and particle physics possible. Article not available.

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