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LIL and LMJ laser facility status
Author(s): Claude Cavailler; Noel Andre Fleurot; Jean-Michel Di Nicola
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Paper Abstract

The French Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) began the construction of the Laser Megajoule (LMJ), a 240-beam laser facility, at the CEA laboratory CESTA near Bordeaux. The LMJ will be a cornerstone of the CEA "Programme Simulation", the French analog to the US Stockpile Stewardship Program. The LMJ is designed to deliver 2MJ of 0.35 μm light to targets for high energy density physics experiments and to ultimately obtain ignition and propagating burn with DT targets in the laboratory. The Scientific conception and system design was completed in 1999 and was followed by the Demonstration of an Engineering Prototype which was achieved in early 2003 with operation of one beam of the Ligne d'Integration Laser (LIL) at CESTA, with 9.5 kJ of UV light (0.35 μm) in less than 9 ns from a single laser beam. The Ralization phase of the LMJ facility was initiated in March of 2003 with the construction start of teh building and the target chamber. This paper will present results from the commissioning phase of the LIL program in 2003 and 2004. The activation and commissioning of the full 8 beamlines of LIL over the next 2 years will be part of determining the final specifications and integration and commissioning plans for the LMJ which is expected to demonstrate first light performance through 240 beams by 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5580, 26th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (17 March 2005);
Show Author Affiliations
Claude Cavailler, CEA/DAM Ile de France (France)
Noel Andre Fleurot, CEA/DAM Ile de France (France)
Jean-Michel Di Nicola, CEA/DAM CESTA (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5580:
26th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Dennis L. Paisley; Stuart Kleinfelder; Donald R. Snyder; Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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