ELI-ALPS is an ultrashort (fs-as) coherent light source facility that is part of the Extreme Light Infratructure (ELI). Cutting-edge primary laser sources can be used in conjunction with secondary sources to produce a wide range of coherent light (THz to X-rays) and ion (p+ and e-) beams and these can be used together to probe the fundamental processes that occur within biological, chemical and material samples, including ultrafast dynamics with Angstrom/attosecond spatio-temporal resolution and relativistic interactions.
ELI Beamlines, located southwest of Prague, Czech Republic, is one of three facilities forming the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI). The facility houses high-power high-repetition rate laser systems with femtosecond pulse duration for laser-plasma interaction studies and high energy density physics and for driving ultrafast sources of XUV/X-ray radiation and accelerated particles. The endstations attached to these sources are dedicated to user-oriented research on fast dynamics in molecular, biomedical and materials science.
ELI-Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP). has been established as an most advanced stage of both laser and gamma beams in the technology and science in order to deliver a highest laser (λ = 820 nm) intensity of 10^22-10^23 W/cm^2 with a 20 fsec pulse and 20 MeV at 10^19 photons/s mm^2 mrad^2 0.1% BDW gamma beam brightness with 32 bunches of 1psec pulse. This Romanian pillar: ELI-NP is intended to serve a broad national, European and International science community. The two other pillars of the ELI facility are being built in Czech Republic, and Hungary.
The Center for Intense Lasers and Applications (CELIA) is a joint research unit (UMR5107) involving a partnership between Bordeaux University (UB1), the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS). CELIA offers an outstanding opportunity for gathering expertises in laser development, strong Field and/or Ultra-High Intensity Physics, Inertial Fusion for Energy (IFE) and industrial applications of short pulses. CELIA is an active member of the European Large Lasers Network LASERLAB-EUROPE. CELIA offers 3 lasers to the LaserLab community including Ti:saphirre ultrashort pulse technology (AURORE 1kHz, 25 fs, 20 W and ECLIPSE 10 Hz,150 mJ, 30fs) and new born Yb fiber high repetition rate technology (BLASTBEAT 50W, 166 kHz to 2MHz, 130 fs) . 6 beam lines driven by these lasers are available including HHG, Xrays, and UV pump-probe.
The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (an institution for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, near Oxford, UK) is one of the world’s leading laser facilities, providing scientists from the UK and Europe with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The CLF’s wide ranging applications include experiments in physics, chemistry and biology, accelerating subatomic particles to high energies, probing chemical reactions on the shortest timescales and studying biochemical and biophysical process critical to life itself. From advanced, compact, tuneable lasers which can pinpoint individual particles to high power laser installations that recreate the conditions inside stars, a vigorous development programme ensures that our facilities maintain their international competitiveness.
The Helmholtz Institute Jena is an outstation of the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research on the campus of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. The institute is mainly focused on applied and fundamental research at the borderline of high-power lasers and particle accelerator facilities. Thus, the HI Jena provides important contributions to future research projects currently being designed and built. Such projects include FAIR at the GSI Helmholtz Center, the FEL photon sources FLASH and XFEL at DESY. Moreover, it will effectively strengthen FSU Jena’s research profile by facilitating new areas of research and significantly stimulate cooperation between the participating Helmholtz Centers and the university.
Attosecond SXR, mid-IR, coincidence detection, XANES and EXAFS
The LIDYL is a laboratory of fundamental research in the field of laser-matter interaction and applications and coherent attosecond short-wavelength radiation. The research programs focus on the study of electronic and nuclear dynamics - condensed and gaseous phase - from the simplest atomic and molecular systems (small molecules) to the most complex ones (biomolecules), to the plasmas created by ultrashort and intense femtosecond lasers. The LIDYL also develops original experimental devices (IR & UV spectroscopy, ultra-short laser diagnostics, particle and radiation diagnostics) as well as ultra-short secondary sources of particles and coherent short-wavelength radiation derived from the laser-matter interactions that are in turn used to study super-fast dynamics in gaseous and condensed phases.
The Lund Laser Centre (LLC) is an organization for interdisciplinary research and collaboration in the fields of optics, spectroscopy and lasers at the Lund University. At the LLC a broad range of activities are pursued within several different research divisions and groups at the engineering, sciences and medical faculties, and at the MAX IV Laboratory. Research is performed in basic and applied atomic, molecular and chemical physics, from fundamental atomic and molecular physics to medical diagnostics and treatment, from quantum information to plasma physic and materials science. Access is offered to most of its laboratories.
The international activity related to the development and the use of intense femtosecond lasers is extremely active. In this context, the LOA follows 3 objectives: - develop high energy, high repetition rate femtosecond lasers, with pulse durations down the optical cycle, - develop compact and multi-beams experimental setups, well suited to address complex laser-plasma interaction experiments, - develop applications of ultrashort sources for academic, societal and defense purposes. The LOA is actively training BSc, MSc and PhD students in laser science, physics of laser-matter interaction, plasma physics, solid-state physics, physics for biology and medicine with femtosecond particles and x-ray pulses. LOA develop basic research science with strong partnership with companies aiming at technology transfer and creation of spinoffs of the laboratory.
The LP3 (Lasers Plasmas and Photonic Processing Insitute – UMR 7341 AMU-CNRS) develops basic research and applications in the field of laser-matter interaction and secondary radiation source development such as X-ray sources. The research activities are shared in five transversal research operations: 1) Laser, Optics and Matter, 2) Laser and Plasmas, 3) Laser and Nano-/Micro-Electronics, 4) Laser and Biophotonics and 5) Laser, Energy and Environment. The main applications are related to microelectronics (silicon and organic), photovoltaic, optical devices, medical and sensing. LP3 offers access to: - A large set of pulsed laser sources, from ns to 10 fs, and from UV to near IR (more than 14 laser sources including an unique 100 Hz – 10 TW Ti:Sa laser source). - An ultra-fast Mo K Alpha X source delivering 1011 photons/sr/s at 100 Hz. - A Laser Induced Damage Threshold facility with laser pulse duration down to 10 fs. - In situ (pump and probe, high speed imaging, spectroscopy … ) diagnostics and ex-situ (SEM, AFM, confocal and optical microscopes, ellipsometer, SNOM-RAMAN …) characterization tools.
Research centre dedicated to high-energy laser-matter interaction in the nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond regimes, LULI is currently operating the multi-beam LULI2000 laser facility, and its associate experimental areas, which provides unique opportunities to couple on target high-energy (up to the kJ) and high power (up to 200TW) light pulses. The experiments which are conducted there are mainly 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 facilities allows covering many fields of research, from fundamental plasma physics and inertial fusion sciences to laboratory astrophysics, planetary science or material sciences. In addition, a high-intensity pulsed magnetic field source is allowing studying magnetised plasmas. Laser-based secondary sources of high-energy particles and radiation are also investigated together with their applications for innovative diagnostic techniques, such as proton deflectometry or Kalpha radiography, or for warm dense matter production. Gas & solid target characterization laboratories and a large palette of state-of-the-art instrumentation is also offered to users (visible to x-ray streak cameras and CCDs, spectrometers, GOIs, pinholes...) as well as data processing systems.
The MBI conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of light with matter and pursues applications that emerge from this research. It develops and uses ultrafast and ultra-intense lasers and laser-driven short-pulse light sources in a broad spectral range in combination with methods of nonlinear spectroscopy. MBI’s research program focuses on - new sources for ultra short and ultra intense light pulses, pulse shaping, pulse characterization, and measuring techniques for ultra fast processes in a broad spectral range from the mid-infrared to the x-ray region - ultrafast and nonlinear phenomena with special emphasis on * atoms, molecules, clusters and plasmas * and surfaces and solid state. The combination of modern laser development and measuring technique with its interdisciplinary application in basic research and for emerging key technologies constitutes the unique profile of the MBI and its attraction to external cooperation partners.
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.
FORTH-IESL is a well-established internationally-recognized Research Institute, with personnel of ~200 members. IESL possesses research infrastructures of international standards and unique within Greece (lasers, micro/nano-electronics, polymers & soft matter, astrophysics). The Institute has achieved excellence in several research areas and has laid the grounds for a competitive presence in others.