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Located in Bordeaux, France, CELIA is a Joint Research Unit of Université de Bordeaux, CNRS and CEA, under CNRS administration. Research at CELIA covers high average power laser development, interactions between intense ultrashort lasers and matter, and their applications, from physics of hot and dense plasmas and High Energy Density to physics of laser–molecule or laser-atom interactions. Research at CELIA is balanced between theoretical effort in the field of UHI/HDE laser interaction with plasmas, and experimental programmes, either on CELIA infrastructure, or in partnership with Large Scale laser Infrastructures worldwide. Technology transfer is very active, with support of ALPhANOV technology center and strong partnership with spin-off companies and continued training, (incl. future users) by the Vocational Educational Platform PYLA.


With a staff of 40 permanent researchers or professors, and total staff of 110 scientists, engineers and students, CELIA is a large research Center with broad expertise in laser/matter interactions, generation of ultra-short pulses of Extreme UV radiation, from picosecond down to attosecond durations, with beamlines dedicated to applications in molecular and solid-state physics; of X-rays – broadband soft X-rays, and hard Xrays up to the γ range with applications from time resolved studies or phase contrast imaging in warm dense plasmas to investigations with a high societal impact such as medical radiography. CELIA displays a high expertise in the development of high average power laser. CELIA has also extended its activity in laser processing and complex correlated spectroscopies in strong connection with industrial partners. Finally, CELIA possesses a particular experience, experimental and theoretical, in high-energy density physics, and physics of hot and dense plasmas. Six spin-off companies, with up to 200 direct new jobs were born at CELIA.


- Attosecond-resolved photoionization of chiral molecules, S. Beaulieu et al., Science 358, 1288 (2017), DOI: 10.1126/science.aao5624
- Absolute gas density profiling in high-order harmonic generation, A. Comby et al., Optics Express 26, 6001 (2018), DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.006001
- Comparisons of x-ray sources generated from subpicosecond laser-plasma interaction on clusters and on solid targets, Dorchies et al., Physical Review E 98 033212 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.033212
- Experimental demonstration of an electromagnetic pulse mitigation concept for a laser driven proton source, Dubois et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 89, 103301 (2018) DOI: 10.1063/1.5038652
- Ultrafast electronic relaxations from the S3 state of pyrene, J.A. Noble et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C8CP06895J