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Laboratory overview

The LULI laboratory is a joint research unit (UMR 7605) under administrative supervision of CNRS, École Polytechnique, Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives and Université Pierre & Marie Curie. Is it established on the campus of École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, on the Orme des Merisiers CEA site, Gif-sur-Yvette, and on the UPMC Jussieu campus, Paris.


The building #84 housing LULI on the Ecole Polytechnique campus.

It's an academic research centre on Hot Plasma Physics, from atoms to stars, a training center in Optics, Lasers & Plasmas and a national and European Research Infrastructure since 1975.

More on the lab background history 

More on the lab missions

For CNRS, LULI is more precisely managed by the CNRS Institute of Physics and by the section # 04 of the CoCNRS (websites in french only).

Apart from these supervising bodies and from the European Commission, through its partnership with the LASERLAB-Europe I3,

the laboratory has close links with (i) at the regional level, the Physics of Light and Matter (PhOM) department of the Université Paris-Saclay, the cluster Triangle de la Physique, the LABEX Physics: Atoms, Light, Matter (PALM) and PLAS@PAR, as well as with the Francilien OpticsValley network, (ii) at the national level, the Lasers & Plasmas  Institute and the French Physics Society (SFP - Plasma Physics Division) and (iii) at the European level, the European Physical Society (EPS, through the Plasma Physics Division and itsBeam Plasma & Inertial Fusion section).

Finally, the laboratory is, ou was, strongly involved in all the ambitious high-energy laser projects launched in the past in France and in Europe. He was thus one of the key partners of the HiPER project, in scientific and techhnological workpackages, and of the PETAL project in Aquitaine. It was also one of the partners of the ESFRI ELI project.