Laserlab-Europe Talk on "Ignition, a dream that came true"

We are pleased to announce the Laserlab-Europe Talk on "Ignition, a dream that came true" that will take place on Wednesday, 6 April 2022, at 4pm CET

Speaker: Sébastien le Pape (LULI)

Moderator: Sylvie Jacquemot (LULI)

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 4 pm CET

Fusion energy has been the driving force in the High Energy Density (HED) community for more than fifty years but especially since the start of the National Ignition Campaign in 2009 on the National Ignition facility (LLNL, USA). The National Ignition Campaign, though a marvel in term of laser technology and data quality in this challenging regime, has failed to achieve ignition. This failure has shed lights on gaps of our understanding of fundamental plasma properties such as thermal transport or emissivity. Following these initial difficulties, evolution of the design (higher adiabat, new ablator, new hohlraum conditions) has led to significant improvement in implosion performance over the years and finally to performance close to ignition (Q=0.7) in the summer of 2021. The talk will go over these evolutions and why they led to the recent successes obtained on the NIF.


The Laserlab-Europe Talks consist of a series of online seminars and panel discussions proposed and organised by our community on specific topics (thematic or research-specific) and provide a platform for regular information exchange and knowledge sharing.

The talks take place bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 16h00 CET and are open to all interested parties, from PhD students to experts in the field and industrial and medical partners as appropriate.