Plasmas present a unique possibility to generate and manipulate high-power coherent light. As they are not subject to a damage threshold like standard optical materials, they can handle much higher fluences. Plasmas can be used in a controlled way to affect the properties of laser pulses such as intensity, duration, spectrum etc. They can be used to tailor laser pulses for specific secondary applications. This special issue aims at presenting recent research in the field of plasma optics: experiment, technology, theory and simulation.
Guest Editors: Caterina Riconda and Stefan Weber