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J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 727-730
The LIL facility: An experimental tool for laser-matter interactionP. 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 1-3 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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