Research centre dedicated to high-energy laser-matter interaction in the nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond regimes, LULI operates two multi-beam laser facilities: APOLLON, a Ti:Sapphire shot-per-minute facility offering an exceptional multi-PW peak power, and LULI2000, a highly energetic Nd-glass laser.
Access to the APOLLON laser facility allows studying laser-matter interaction in the yet unexplored ultra-relativistic regime and developing applications, especially those of the energetic and ultra-short secondary sources produced at intensities up to 2 1022 W/cm2. Topics currently under investigation are electron acceleration (using single- & multi-stage schemes), ion acceleration (exploring advanced schemes to break the 100 MeV limit or to produce neutron and positron sources, tackling warm dense matter physics and laboratory relativistic astrophysics), x-ray production (harmonics from solid targets, FEL-type or betatron sources) and high-field physics (to study QED effects in laser-plasma interaction). Experimental research is supported by numerical simulations using the SMILEI open-source PIC code.
LULI2000 couples high-energy and high-power laser pulses onto a target together with external high-amplitude pulsed magnetic fields. The experiments re based on laser irradiation of solid or gaseous targets to produce high-energy density matter at extreme temperature and pressure conditions, often in out-of-equilibrium regimes. The versatility of the facility and the scientific expertise of the LULI host researchers allows covering many fields of research, from fundamental - magnetized or not - plasma physics to shock-loaded material investigation, inertial fusion sciences, laboratory astrophysics and planetology. Laser-based secondary sources of high-energy particles and radiation are commonly used for innovative diagnostic techniques or for warm dense matter production.
The facilities offer access to gas & solid target characterization laboratories, target alignment benches and a large palette of state-of-the-art instrumentation. Laser diagnostics are implemented on the whole set of laser beams.
The call for proposals on APOLLON for the period November 2021 - October 2022 is open. Please note that no proposal will be accepted after the deadline (25 May 2021, noon). All the information are posted here.
The call for proposals on LULI2000 for the period December 2021 – October 2022 is now closed.
Configuration forms (downloadable from the call webpage) have to be filled; any proposal which does not include them or follow the guidelines will not be evaluated.
If you have an experimental project in mind, do not hesitate to contact a LULI researcher (according to the investigated scientific topic) in order to help you determining whether the experiment can be efficiently carried out at one of the LULI facilities.