The PETAL+ project involves the coupling of the Laser Mégajoule [MD1] (unique in Europe, installed on the CEA's Cesta site of Le Barp) with the PETAL laser (short-pulse high-intensity laser financed by the Aquitaine Regional Government).
This mega instrument for public research will provide world-class infrastructure for the physics of plasmas produced by high-power lasers. It will make it possible to reproduce states of matter hitherto impossible in laboratory conditions, such as those encountered at the core of stars. It will be used for studies in various fields:
physics of the extreme
knowledge of the Universe
nuclear studies (inertial confinement fusion)
study of sources of radiation and laser-induced particles (and their applications, including medical research).
Three essential plasma diagnostics have been defined (proton, electron and X-ray spectrometer) to enable the teams to conduct their experiments. These instruments will be placed around the target irradiated with the synchronized laser pulses of PETAL and the LMJ and will be used to measure the characteristics of the dense plasma produced, by recording and analyzing the X-rays generated. Also, a dedicated module will make it possible to get real-time X-rays images of the LMJ-irradiated targets by using the X-rays or protons produced by a PETAL-irradiated target. Each instrument is the fruit of collaboration between academic experts, local scientists who coordinate operations, and CEA scientists and technicians who have the overall responsibility of ensuring their compatibility with the LMJ and its environment. The PETAL+ program is also preparing the academic opening of the LMJ/PETAL facility – involving the implementation of a broad spectrum of scientific projects submitted in response to a call for proposals and selected by a dedicated scientific committee – as well as the launch of a high-profile international program dedicated to shock-ignition of thermonuclear fuel for energy production. Through its association with the "LMJ" flagship, the University of Bordeaux will rank as one of Europe's major players in the field of high energy density (HED) matter, particularly in inertial fusion energy (IFE) and laboratory astrophysics.
France Bio Imaging/BIC
The Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC) provides services, training and technological innovation in cellular imaging to academic and private scientific communities, mainly in life, health and plant sciences. It is a core facility identified at the national level as “Infrastructure en Biologie Sante et Agronomie“ (IBISA).
The BIC is part of the national infrastructure France BioImaging and European infrastructure Euro-BioImaging.
The different components of the BIC are: PHOTONIC imaging, ELECTRONIC imaging, PLANT imaging
ELORPrintTec is the technology platform for Printed Organic Electronics at Bordeaux University. Its state-of-the-art instrumentation and its integration in a research ecosystem make it a perfect tool for the development of the next generation of electronics. The platform is built to give academic researchers, and small companies access to state-of-the-art semi-industrial equipment and let industrial players benefit from the latest academic know-how and innovations.
The platform consists of 850 m² cleanroom facility which contains a large assembly of processing and characterization equipment to enable the conception, understanding and fabrication of new materials as well as their integration into innovative device systems.
Centre for Innovation and expertise in spectroscopy and vibrational imaging, for imagining and conceiving the physicochemical methods for tomorrow, and the emergence of innovation in research. New equipment for conducting research are created: Raman spectroscopy coupled microscope AFM, dichroïsme circulaire vibrationnel, activité optique Raman, spectroscopie hyper-Raman couplée à la microscopie confocale...
The platform is a joint initiative of the University of Bordeaux (department Sciences and Technologies) and the CNRS. PLACAMAT’s close location to local research units makes for a unique opportunity for developing your projects or meeting your needs in materials characterization
The laser training center is ideally located at the Aquitaine Institute for Optics (IOA), and shares its space with the PYLA training platform. The Laser training center is a facility primarily designed to accommodate students from the Master's program and the Licence “Lasers, control and maintenance” to conduct group projects and experiments in photonics and plasma science. Students can access secure experimental boxes equipped with all types of lasers (puissance, longueur d’onde, impulsions courtes, etc.)
Dedicated staff on site: 1 director for training facilities, 1 technician.