The application of lasers to drive nuclear reactions started as soon as the discovery of lasers was published. Soon afterwards laser fusion programs for power production where initiated. Already in the early1990’s reports on laser accelerated electron beams started the idea of laser driven nuclear reactions using laser accelerated particles. With the later advent of proton and light-ion acceleration reaching 10’s of MeV this idea became more and more realistic. For many practical application laser accelerated beams might soon reach a level of commercial applicability. The quest of a competitional role in the realm of advanced Nuclear Physics has started at least with the ELI projects, in particular ELI NP in Bukarest. In the talk experimental results in the direction of new laser acceleration schemes and the application of standard nuclear physics instrumentation for laser experiments will be discussed.
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