High brightness excimer laser systems are being used to explore the interaction of intense coherent UV radiation with matter. Applications of current systems include the generation of picosecond x-ray pulses, investigations of possible x-ray laser pumping schemes, studies of multiphoton phenomena in atomic species, and time-resolved photochemistry. Systems based on the amplification of subpicosecond pulses in small aperture (~1-cm2)XeCI or KrF amplifiers routinely deliver focal spot intensities in excess of 1017 W/cm2.1,2

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