ExHILP 2019

3rd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics

September 3-6, 2019 Stanford

About ExHILP 2019

The third Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics Conference (ExHILP 2019) is hosted by the PULSE Institute and Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University and co-organized by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The conference combines theory, experiment and simulations of laser-matter and laser-vacuum interactions at the highest intensities. This year ExHILP is focusing on Strong Field Quantum Electrodynamics (SFQED) with applications to astrophysics and cosmology, high-luminosity colliders and physics beyond the standard model. Experiments will include PW-class laser interactions in plasmas, ultra-relativistic particle and high energy photon beams. Previous conferences were hosted in Heidelberg (2015) and Lisbon (2017).


Shriram Center (Room 104)
Stanford University
443 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA (USA)


September 3-6, 2019

Scientific Advisory Committee

Roger Blandford (Stanford), Sergei Bulanov (ELI Beamlines), Stepan Bulanov (LBNL), Antonino Di Piazza (MPIK), Gerald Dunne (UCONN), Alexander Fedotov (MEPhI), Thomas Grismayer (IST), Beate Heinemann (DESY), Thomas Heinzl (Plymouth), Emmanuel d’Humières (Bordeaux), Christoph Keitel (MPIK), Thomas Koffas (Carleton), Kiminori Kondo (QST), Stuart Mangles (Imperial), Mattias Marklund (Chalmers), Sebastian Meuren (Princeton), Chang Hee Nam (GIST), David Reis (Stanford), Caterina Riconda (Sorbonne), Nikolai Rosanov (ITMO), Gianluca Sarri (QUB), Luís Silva (IST), Alec Thomas (Michigan), Matt Zepf (Jena)

ExHILP Steering Committee

Sergei Bulanov (ELI Beamlines), Christoph Keitel (MPIK), Mattias Marklund (Chalmers), Chang Hee Nam (GIST), Luís Silva (IST), Matt Zepf (Jena)

Local Organizing Committee

Stepan Bulanov (LBNL), Tracy Chou (Stanford), Frederico Fiúza (Stanford), Alan Fry (Stanford), Ritu Khurana (Stanford), Lori Love (Stanford), Sebastian Meuren (Princeton), David Reis (Stanford), Sheetal Singhal (Stanford), Michelle Young (Stanford).

Invited Speaker

Tutorial/Plenary talks:

Topical talks:

Event Schedule

A printable version of the agenda can be found here and the full program (including abstracts) here.
BBQ: google maps instructions can be found here.



Strong-field QED (SFQED) Theory Session


Antonino Di Piazza(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)

Theory of Strong-Field QED in Intense Laser Fields


Ben King(University of Plymouth)

Improved local approximation for nonlinear Breit-Wheeler pair creation and short pulse effects on photon polarisation in nonlinear Compton scattering

Tom Blackburn(University of Gothenburg)

Benchmarking and Improving Semiclassical Approaches to Strong-Field QED

Alexander Macleod(University of Plymouth)

Two particle scattering in strong-field QED

Erez Raicher(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)

Momentum-dependent effective mass in a rotating electric field


Felix Mackenroth(Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme)

Nonlinear Compton scattering of an ultraintense laser pulse in a plasma

Daniel Seipt(University of Michigan)

Ultrafast Polarization of an Electron Beam in an Intense Bi-chromatic Laser Field

Yue-Yue Chen(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)

Polarized positron beams via intense two-color laser pulses


Laser-based SFQED Experiments


Stuart Mangles(Imperial College London)

Exploring QED in laser-plasma experiments


Qiang Chen(Nebraska-Lincoln)

Extremely high-order multiphoton Thomson scattering

Chang Hee Nam(Institute for Basic Science)

Experimental Approach for strong field QED processes with a multi-PW Laser

Georg Korn(ELI Beamlines)

High intensity lasers and high field program at ELI Beamlines

Posters & Light Dinner

Coffee and Snacks

Numerical Simulations (QED-PIC and related)


Mattias Marklund(Chalmers University of Technology)

Simulations of strong field-matter interactions


Mickael Grech(École Polytechnique)

Recent developments around the Apollon laser & SMILEI projects

David Burton(Lancaster University)

Quantum Backreaction in Laser-Driven Plasma

Robbie Watt(Imperial College London)

Numerical Modelling of Breit-Wheeler Detection Experiments

Yutong He(University of California, San Diego)

Enhanced gamma-ray emission in structured targets irradiated by counter-propagating laser pulses


Martin Jirka(ELI-Beamlines/Czech Technical University in Prague)

Direct laser acceleration in radiation-dominated regime

Evgeny Gelfer(ELI Beamlines)

Radiation Induced Acceleration of Ions

Crystal-based SFQED Experiments


Ulrik Uggerhøj(Aarhus)

Testing radiation reaction by means of GeV e± in crystals

Tobias Wistisen(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)

Quantum radiation reaction beyond the local constant field approximation


Beam-Beam Interactions (future linear collider)


Michael Peskin(SLAC/Stanford)

Extreme Fields and Lasers for Elementary Particle Physics


Vitaly Yakimenko(SLAC/Stanford)

Concept for a Fully Non-perturbative QED Collider

Fabrizio Del Gaudio(Técnico Lisboa)

Bright γ rays source and nonlinear Breit-Wheeler pairs in the collision of high density particle beams

Dario Del Sorbo(SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

Probing electron-positron QED cascades in the collision of tightly focused lepton beams


LINAC/XFEL-based SFQED Experiments


Claudio Pellegrini(UCLA/SLAC)

Very Large Power density and High Field QED with X-ray FELs

Ishay Pomerantz(Tel Aviv University)

The LUXE Experiment: probing strong-field QED at the EU.XFEL

Sebastian Meuren(SLAC/Stanford)

Probing Strong-field QED at FACET-II (SLAC E-320)

Coffee and Snacks

Strong Fields in Astrophysics


Roger Blandford(KIPAC/Stanford/SLAC)

Cosmic Laboratories


Andrei Beloborodov(Columbia)

Magnetic Energy Release in Magnetars

Alexander Chen(Princeton University)

Self-consistent Global Simulations of Pair Discharge in Neutron Star Magnetospheres


Light-Light Interaction (Euler-Heisenberg and related)


Felix Karbstein(Helmholtz-Institut Jena)

All-optical probes of vacuum polarization effects


Adam Noble(University of Strathclyde)

Cherenkov Radiation from the Quantum Vacuum

Hedvika Kadlecova(ELI–Beamlines)

Born–Infeld electromagnetic shock waves in the Quantum Vacuum

Wendell Hill, III(University of Maryland)

Precision measurements of the quantum vacuum at the petawatt level


Schwinger Pair Production


Ralf Schützhold(Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)

Dynamically assisted tunneling: from the Sauter-Schwinger effect to nuclear fusion

Chul Min Kim(Center for Relativistic Laser Science)

Phase-integral Formulation of Dynamically Assisted Schwinger Pair Production

Greger Torgrimsson(Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Perturbative approach to nonperturbative pair production

Christian Kohlfürst(Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf)

Spin-states in multiphoton pair production for circularly polarized light


Tae Moon Jeong(ELI-Beamlines)

Spherically-focused Ultrastrong Electromagnetic Field for Electron-Positron Pair Production

Charles Su(Illinois State University)

Optimal supercritical potentials for the electron-positron pair-creation rate

Christian Schubert(Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México)

Fermionic Schwinger pair creation


Community Activities


Phil Bucksbaum(SLAC/Stanford)

Building the SFQED community

Stepan Bulanov(BELLA/Berkeley)

Physics of plasmas in extreme fields


Coffee and Snacks

Wakefield Acceleration and Future Facilities


Eric Esarey(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

High Intensity Laser Experiments at the BELLA Center

Mark Hogan(SLAC/Stanford)

Plasma Wakefield Acceleration and Extreme Beams at FACET-II

James Koga(Kansai Photon Science Institute)

Using Relativistic Flying Mirrors for High Field Science


Liangliang Ji(Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics)

Relativistic polarized electron generation via plasma wakefield acceleration

Hans Rinderknecht (University of Rochester)

Frontiers in physics enabled by EP OPAL: a multibeam ultra-intense laser user facility

Numerical Approaches (Lattice QED and related)


Yuan Shi(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

What can we learn from solving classical field equations?

Qingzheng Lyu(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)

The Computational-QFT Approach in QED Processes with Strong Laser Fields


Beyond Standard Model Physics


Ou Labun(University of Texas, Austin)

Toward BSM physics with lasers: precision modeling and statistical methods for theory-experiment comparison

Lance Labun(University of Texas, Austin)

What do we need to discover the Unruh effect in laser experiment?

Hartmut Ruhl(Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich)

2D spacetime manifolds, radiation reaction, emergent inertia



Event Venue

The conference will be hosted at the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering located on Stanford campus (443 Via Ortega Stanford, Room 104). Parking information can be found here.

Lodging Guide

Hotel recommendations are provided by the Stanford Visitor Center and Destination Palo Alto. See also booking.com and airbnb.com.

Travel Guide

Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco International (SFO) and the San Jose Mineta International (SJC) airports. An alternative option is Oakland International (OAK). More information are provided by the Stanford Visitor Center.


Registration & Abstracts

Please register here (via app.certain.com). Thanks to our sponsors the conference has no registration fee, if you register by August 15th, 2019. Late registration will be charged $150. A list of registered attendees can be found here.

Abstracts should be submitted via email to exhilp2019@gmail.com by Monday, June 24 (2019), late submissions considered until July 31; preferably a single page in Portable Document Format (PDF). LaTeX template: single column, two column. Please specify in your email whether you are applying for a contributed talk (12+3 minutes) or a poster (non-selected talks will be automatically considered for posters).

Update: Abstraction submission has now been extended to July 31. There is still room for posters and a limited number of contributed talks.

Slides should have standard 4x3 aspect ratio (not 16:9), posters should not be larger than 3 ft x 4 ft, e.g., A0 (2.8 ft x 3.9 ft).

Please email us if you need a letter of invitation.