Jun Ren, a Delaware State University assistant professor of physics and engineering, was awarded a three-year $946,372 National Science Foundation grant in support of her laser research.The project, titled "Seeding Stimulated Raman Backscattering with Intense and Ultra-Intense Laser Pulses," will study the use of plasma as a medium for laser amplification.While the maximum achievable output power and intensity of lasers using solid-state materials are eventually limited [...]