The research topics tackled on the LULI laser facilities, from atoms to stars, and by the lab teams are varied but are all connected either to high-energy-density physics (above 109-1011 J/m3) or to ultra-high intensity physics (above 1018 W/cm2).
Exploring the most fundamental aspects of plasma physics, they are conducted along 3 main issues:
- support very-large-scale international infrastructures, operational or under construction, in which France has invested,
- prepare societal applications of laser technology,
- support industrial R&D.
The LULI contribution may be expressed through (i) a deepening of our basic knowledge of the physical mechanisms underlying radiation- or particle-matter interaction and (ii) the validation of concepts, instruments or innovative diagnostic techniques, even facility design.
The LULI research activities contribute to answer to 4 questions, some of them being derived from the most captivating 125 questions listed by Science [309, 75 (2005)].
- How the growing need for clean, safe and sustainable energy is to be met in future?
- Can we get rid of the most undesirable side effects of cancer radiation therapy?
- What are the origins of the Universe and its possible evolution?
- How to achieve the ultimate laser power?