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Large-scale laser systems of the next generation being developed under the Russian mega science project XCELS will enable fundamentally new studies of the structure of matter. Such systems will create a microscopic avalanche from emerging particles of matter, antimatter and high energy photons. The concept of creating such a source of photons for basic research was proposed and substantiated by an international collaboration comprising scientists from Lobachevsky University, IAP RAS, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and the University of Plymouth (England).
Within the framework of the project, a research team headed by I.B. Meyerov and S.I. Bastrakov from the UNN Institute of Information Technologies, Mathematics and Mechanics and the Research Institute for Supercomputer Technologies played a key role in the development of the unique PICADOR software package for large-scale supercomputer experiments. The numerical model was developed and an analysis of experimental results was carried out by A.A. Gonoskov, A.V. Bashinov, E.S. Efimenko, A.A. Muravyev, A.V. Kim, and A.M. Sergeev from the IAP RAS jointly with their colleagues from Sweden and Great Britain.
The results of this work are widely recognized, they were presented in invited papers at several major international conferences and published in the prestigious scientific journal Physical Review X (IF = 12.8). The research was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (grant No. 16-12-10486) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant No. 15-37-21015).