We have performed multiphoton ionization experiments on rare gases using the T3 laser, a high intensity laser which uses chirped pulse amplification to generate 1-ps pulses with energies of several hundred millijoules. With f/4 optics the fundamental 1053-nm wavelength can be focused to peak intensities in the mid-1016-W/cm2 range. The frequency-doubted laser light at 527 nm has been focused to 3 X 1016 W/cm2.

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