Plasma Optics

Using plasmas in a controlled way to manipulate light in ways similar to solid-state optics (for amplifying, focusing or diffracting/reflecting light).

GSI (Darmstadt, Germany)

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany is an accelerator laboratory hosting PHELIX (Petawatt High-Energy Laser for Ion eXperiments), both for combined laser/accelerator and standalone laser experiments. The PHELIX laser at GSI presently permits two types of operation: Pulses of a duration between 0.5 ns and 20 ns with a widely variable pulse shape and energies up to 1 kJ, and 0.5 ps short-pulse petawatt-class operation. One high-energy and one low-energy laser stand-alone target area are available, as well as a target area for combined laser / linear accelerator ion beam experiments with a dedicated 100 TW proton acceleration beamline. A new target area dedicated to combined laser / synchrotron ion beam experiments will be available by 2021.

HIJ (Jena, Germany)

The Few-Cycle-Laser laboratory is operating various laser sources for the investigation of strong field and attosecond laser physics. Ultrashort laser pulses in different spectral regions are available. POLARIS is an all-diode pumped laser system operated at HI-Jena and FSU Jena, currently reaching the highest peak power worldwide (170 TW on target) for such a system. Delivering <100-fs pulses at a rep-rate of 1/50 Hz with up to 17 J energy and extreme temporal contrast, POLARIS is an indispensable tool for our research program on laser-driven particle acceleration.

CELIA (Bordeaux, France)

CELIA is a centre of excellence in lasers and their interaction with matter. Research is performed on laser development, ultra-short intense laser matter interactions and applications, from the physics of hot dense plasmas to laser-molecule or laser-atom interactions. 3 state-of-the art laser drivers based on Ti:sapphire and Yb:fiber feed 9 fully-equipped end-stations including secondary XUV and X-ray sources.

LULI (Coordinator, Palaiseau, France)

LULI operates two multi-beam laser facilities: APOLLON, a Ti:Sapphire shot-per-minute facility offering an exceptional multi-PW peak power, and LULI2000, a highly energetic Nd-glass laser. APOLLON allows exploring high-field physics and generating extreme particle and radiation beams for applications. LULI2000 couples high-energy and high-power laser pulses onto a target together with external high-amplitude pulsed magnetic fields for high-energy-density physics investigation.

CLPU (Salamanca, Spain)

CLPU operates VEGA, a multi Terawatt laser system composed by three independent and synchronised 30 fs long Ti:Sa based-laser pulses: VEGA-3 of 1 PW (at 1Hz), VEGA- 2 of 200 TW and VEGA-1 of 20 TW (both up to 10 Hz). Besides its architecture, the uniqueness of VEGA is that it is a petawatt-class laser system of high-repetition rate.

LP3 (Marseille, France)

LP3 is a multidisciplinary academic laboratory of excellence. Its major activities focus on: i) generation of secondary sources such as hard X-ray by laser-induced plasma technology ii) fundamentals and technological research of laser-matter interactions and iii) development of laser-based processes. The main applications are related to laser structuration and fabrication with major outcomes in photonics, microelectronics, medicine and laser-based diagnostics.

VULRC (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Vilnius University Laser Research Center (VULRC) hosts a number of laboratories dedicated to fundamental and applied laser research. The research topics include but are not limited to laser micromachining, nanophotonics, standardized metrology of optical components, development of novel laser and parametric sources, investigation of nonlinear phenomena in the NIR and MIR spectral ranges, generation and application of broadband terahertz pulses, time-resolved spectroscopy, nonlinear microscopy and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy.

LLC (Lund, Sweden)

Located in Lund, in the south of Sweden, the LLC is the largest unit in the Scandinavian countries in the field of lasers and their use in spectroscopy, diagnostics and analysis. Its research programme ranges from atomic physics and attoscience to medical diagnostics and treatment, from fundamental quantum information and single-molecule spectroscopy to applied laser diagnostics of industrial processes.

CLF (Oxfordshire, UK)

The CLF offers access to five unique laser facilities for multi-disciplinary research. VULCAN operates two target areas: a high energy 1 PW capability and a synchronised 100 TW & 2 kJ/ns capability, both with very flexible configurations for research in high energy density science. GEMINI offers a unique synchronised dual beam capability with 0.5 PW beams operating at one shot every 20 seconds, focussing on plasma accelerators and the generation and application of secondary sources. ARTEMIS has three beamlines utilising HHG, at 1 kHz/800 nm/200 eV and 100 kHz/1700 nm/1 keV (due online shortly), with a wide suite of end stations for pump-probe experiments in ultrafast XUV science. ULTRA is an ultrafast pump-probe laser spectroscopy facility, combining laser, detector and sample manipulation technology to probe ultrafast molecular dynamics. OCTOPUS: a suite of imaging and laser trapping capabilities, such as super-resolution (including cryogenic), confocal, and light sheet microscopy, single molecule imaging/tracking, and focused ion beam SEM.