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APOLLON FIRE : Apollon first user's meeting

Designed in collaboration between several partners of the Université Paris-Saclay and their industrial partners, the upcoming "Apollon" laser facility on the Plateau de Saclay, South of Paris (France), is expected to reach for the 10 Petawatt level. The facility will include two short-pulse laser beams (F1 at 10 PW nominally, with a first step at 5 PW, and F2 at 1 PW, both at 15 fs duration), a chirped laser pulse (up to 250 J, 1 ns) and a probe beam (up to 100 mJ, 20fs minimum), all available at a repetition rate of one shot per minute at full power and in a stable manner. Two target areas will be serviced by these laser beams in alternate mode: the LFA, dedicated to long-focal length focusing experiments (6 to 30m for F1), and the SFA, dedicated to short-focal length focusing (1m for F1) and achievement of the highest intensity on target. The facility will be open to users following an access mode similar to the other LULI facilities (http://www.luli.polytechnique.fr/accueil/les-installations/calendriers-experimentaux/call-2016-2017-312495.kjsp?RH=D1_LULI-FR), i.e. to European as well as international users.

LULI now launches the facility first users’ meeting, “Apollon FIRE”, which will take place at Ecole Polytechnique Paris Tech on Feb 11-12 2016, under the sponsorship of Institut Laser Plasma, as operation of the facility will start by october-2016. A large number of scientific programs can be developed on this facility: compact particle acceleration, in particular testing new schemes for future generations of high-energy accelerators, but also a wide range of other applications, from the generation of highly energetic radiation that can complement what is produced on the latest generation X-ray light sources, or the production of high-energy-density matter states, allowing e.g. laboratory investigation of extreme astrophysical phenomena.

The aim of this first meeting is to extend the access to the facility, beyond the teams of the Plateau de Saclay who launched the initiative and defined its initial work program, to the scientific community at large and gather the wishes of the community in terms of facility configuration and possible experiments. The meeting will be the occasion to present the facility as well as the currently planned capabilities of the two experimental areas to future users. Interested users are invited to present in a short format their wishes and ideas for experiments and configurations.

Attendance will be limited, so please register quickly by sending an e-mail to Nous contacter, indicating whether you are interested in making a short presentation, and the topic category by using free keywords (e.g. electron acceleration, or use of harmonics for WDM probing), and possibly an indication of the target area (LFA or SFA) that you are interested to implement your experiment.

No fees will be asked for registration. Lunches and refreshments will be provided. Limited funding support may be available on request. All information needed for accommodations and travel will be soon posted on the web site www.apollon-laser.fr.