9-11 May 2016, Network on Extreme Intensity Laser Systems NEILS Annual meeting, Darmstadt, Germany

  • When May 09, 2016 06:00 PM to May 11, 2016 06:00 PM (Etc/GMT+2 / UTC-200)
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Building on the previous success of the NAHEL network in Laserlab III, GSI-Darmstadt will host the first annual meeting of the Networking activity on Extreme Intensity Laser Systems (NEILS) aiming at bringing together operation teams of existing and upcoming facilities in Europe.

Extreme intensity laser systems comprise various frontier technologies pushing peak power and peak intensity through either long pulse kilojoule energy class installations, or with ultrashort pulse petawatt class laser systems. All systems exhibit dedicated demands and very specific procedures for operation, instrumentation, metrology, safety and further development. While operating parameters between the laser facilities vary, core operational and technical issues such as pulse diagnostics, optics handling, or target fabrication are of crucial importance to all laser facilities.

The workshop should be organized around round table discussions where laboratory representatives share their hands-on experience with each other. Participants to the workshops will be requested to actively prepare the discussed topics and should be ready to share their experience in form of small oral contributions moderated by a topic coordinator.

Discussion topics

Target area related aspects

  • electromagnetic pulses generated with fs/ps lasers
  • on-target intensity determination and picosecond pulse duration measurements (1 to 20 ps)
  • optimization of parallel operations to multiple target areas

Operation aspects

  • automatization of the laser : alignment, diagnostics (automatic alignment and diagnostics)
  • communications with users

Specifications and component management

  • contamination under vacuum (mirrors, gratings)
  • ps/fs laser damage (thresholds, characterization, experience)
  • metrological tools, procedures and standardized specifications

General information

Meeting coordination:
Dr. Vincent Bagnoud (v.bagnoud(at)gsi.de)

Local organizing committee:
Victor Schanz
Sabine Kunzer

Scientific panel:
Ji-Ping Zou, LULI, France
Denis Penninckx, CEA, France
Trevor Winstone, CLF, France
Jiri Ullschmied, PALS, Czech Republic