J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 727 - 730
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 727-730

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133147

The LIL facility: An experimental tool for laser-matter interaction

P. Eyharts, J.M. Di-Nicola, C. Féral, E. Germain, H. Graillot, F. Jequier, E. Journot, X. Julien, M. Luttmann, O. Lutz and G.Thiell

Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, CEA-CESTA/DLP, BP. 2, 33114 Le Barp, France

The Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) under construction at CESTA, a CEA laboratory located near Bordeaux, is designed to produce 240 beams, 1.8 MJ, 500 TW of ultraviolet light for high energy density physics experiments and thermonuclear burn of DT targets. The first step of LMJ program consisted in the construction of a full scale prototype the "Ligne d'Intégration Laser" (LIL) which was developed to demonstrate LMJ performances and qualify all its components and systems as well as maintenance procedures. Commissioned in 2002, LIL facility mainly includes a laser bay which houses a bundle of 8 beamlines similar to the LMJ ones and a target bay where are located the 1$\omega $-3$\omega $ conversion system, the focusing gratings and the 4.4-meter diameter target chamber equipped with plasma diagnostics. This paper describes the LIL facility as a tool for laser-matter interaction pointing out the laser system.

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