Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
office: 1010 Gerstacker Building
address: 2200 Bonisteel Blvd. – Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2099
phone: (734)763-6007, (734)763-4883 (Hercules) (734)763-5977 (T-cubed)
Research area keywords: Laser-matter interaction at relativistic intensities, table-top particle accelerators, high-power short pulse lasers.
Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk has a PhD from Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (Moscow), where he participated in the inertial confinement fusion program and studied x-ray radiation transport in a hot dense plasma of the thermonuclear targets. In 1992 Dr. Maksimchuk has joined the University of Michigan attracted by the prospectives of using high-intensity lasers for production of hot dense plasma as an ultrashort pulse radiation source.
Using high-intensity lasers at CUOS Dr. Maksimchuk participated in the discoveries of many high-field science effects, such as laser wakefield electron acceleration and observation of collimated electron beams, observation of the nonlinear Thomson scattering, observation of the Coulomb explosion and ion acceleration in underdense plasma, observation of proton acceleration from thin film targets, radioactive isotope production with accelerated ions and high energy electrons, observation of relativistic harmonics generation from gases and solids and the others.
His current research projects include studies of laser-matter interaction at ultra-relativistic intensities and the development of table-top plasma accelerators for production of high-energy electron and proton beams and for generation of the ultrashort x-ray and gamma-ray radiation. These particles and radiation beams can be used for cancer radiation therapy or for research in solid-state physics, high-energy-density plasma physics and for atomic-scale imaging on femtosecond time scale. Dr. Maksimchuk is the head of the Hercules laser facility and the 20 TW hybrid Ti:sapphire/Nd:glass T-cubed laser facility. He is also a co-PI on a grant from the NSF to build a 3PW ZEUS facility.
In 2009 and 2014 Dr. Maksimchuk has received College of Engineering Outstanding Research Scientist Awards and in 2021 he received the University of Michigan Research Faculty Achievement Award.
In 2013 Dr. Maksimchuk was elected to Fellow of the American Physical Society.