Prague Asterix Laser System, Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague Asterix Laser System facility is conceived as a laboratory providing the basis for experimental research in the field of high-power lasers and their applications, notably in the physics of laser plasmas. The principal experimental resource at PALS is the high-power iodine laser system Asterix IV. It is capable of delivering up to 1 kJ of energy at the fundamental wavelength 1.315 µm. This energy may be split to few auxiliary beams with controlled time shift from the main beam. All beams may be frequency doubled (wavelength 657 nm) or tripled (438 nm). At a pulse of about 350 ps, the laser produces power of 3 TW. The full energy shot can be fired each 25 minutes. The laser delivers a beam with superior spatial profile quality, and exhibits high stability of the output beam energy over a sequence of shots. The system is exploited for research of interaction with matter of focused high-power laser beams of a power density of 1014-1016 W/cm2 and for studies of hot laser-produced plasmas. Main effort is aimed at various applications in science and technology of the hot laser plasma products, such as radiation and charged particles. The main lines of research of the laboratory are the following:
  • development and application of plasma-based point sources of non-coherent soft x-rays,
  • development and application of plasma-based soft x-ray lasers,
  • development and application laser plasma sources of highly-charged high-energy ions,
  • study of matter in conditions of extreme pressures and temperatures, with respect to the needs of material sciences, laboratory astrophysics, thermonuclear research and other scientific fields.

Institute of Physics and Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
PALS Research Centre
Institute of Plasma Physics, v.v.i.
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Na Slovance 2
182 21 Prague 8
Czech Republic Prague
call for proposals

Laserlab-Europe offers unique research opportunities to scientists from all over Europe and to a limited extent also to scientists from outside Europe. Access is provided

• to world-class laser research facilities,
• to a large variety of inter-disciplinary research, including life sciences,
• free of charge, including travel and accommodation.

Access is provided on the basis of scientific excellence of the proposal, reviewed by an external and independent Selection Panel. Priority is given to new users. A typical access project has a duration of 2 to 4 weeks. Applications for longer visits are highly exceptional.

Details about the submission procedure can be found here. Applicants are encouraged to contact any of the facilities directly to obtain additional information and assistance in preparing a proposal. Applications for access are possible anytime.

We particularly welcome young scientists and scientists who have never used lasers in their research before. Laserlab-Europe strives to promote gender equality in scientific research and specifically encourages applications from women.