An exawatt-scale, short-pulse amplification structure primarily based upon a novel pulse compressor association and amplification of long-duration chirped beam pulses is described. This structure is able to extracting the complete, saved vitality of a NIF or NIF-like beam line and in doing so produce from one beam line a near-diffraction-limited, laser pulse whose peak energy would exceed 0.2 EW. The structure is effectively suited to both low-f-number focusing or to multi-beam, dipole focusing ideas that in precept allow targeted intensities within the vary of 10^26 W/cm2 or 5 orders of magnitude past that attainable from current PW methods primarily based on chirped

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