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Center for Intense Lasers and Applications (CELIA)
Hosting Legal Entity
Commisssariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)
CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette, PO: 91191, Ile-de-France (France)
French National Center for Scientific Research / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
3 Michel-Ange street, CNRS, Paris, PO: 75794, Ile-de-France (France)
Bordeaux University
43 Pierre Noailles Street, CELIA, Talence, PO: 33405, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1999
Scientific Description
CELIA offers an outstanding opportunity for gathering expertises in Strong Field and/or Ultra-High Intensity Physics (UHI) and Inertial Fusion for Energy (IFE). Indeed, CELIA missions are to pursue high-field laser research, high-energy photon production and their applications, with small-scale lasers, and to study hot and dense laser plasmas from the LULI, Alise, LIL laser facilities and the future LMJ.

RI Keywords
Femtosecond lasers, Strong field physics, Ultra high field science, Laser, XUV beamline, X-ray source, Ultra-high intensity physics, Inertial fusion energy
RI Category
Centralised Computing Facilities
Intense Light Sources
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
High Performance Computing
Technology Transfer

ALPhANOV, through its capacity to mobilize competencies and expertise in the field of optics and lasers, acts as a "technological amplifier" serving innovative projects for research scientists, engineers, laboratory specialists, SMEs and corporate industrial groups. ALPhANOV’s expertise and technological resources serve four main missions : - Participating to the creation and development of companies by providing competitive edge based on innovative solutions that meet their expectations. - Enabling the valorization of laboratory research and technology transfer. - Building collaborative projects, bringing technologies to maturity and accelerating the introduction of products to the market. - Making optical and laser resources/services available.

COLA Laser facilities

COLA (Centre Optique et Laser en Aquitaine) laser facilities is supported by two homemade femtosecond Ti:sapphire lasers based on the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) scheme - Aurore & Eclipse

XUV beamlines
X-ray beamlines

wo X-ray beam lines are developed in the frame of the COLA project: - Broadband X-ray source. A broadband multi-keV X-ray source is in operation with a 1 kHz repetition rate. Derived from the “Aurore” laser sytem of CELIA (1 kHz, 10 mJ, 30 fs, 800 nm), it delivers extremely brief X-ray bursts, from a few ps down to a few hundreds of fs only. This line is dedicated to time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy. - Hard X-ray source. Another X-ray source is being developed from the “Eclipse” laser sytem of CELIA (10 Hz, 200 mJ, 35 fs, 800 nm). The objective is to achieve the hard X-ray range (10 – 100 keV) for possible applications to the medical and industrial radiography. Each of these devices include a synchronized optical laser beam in order to perform “pump – probe” experiments. The “pump” optical pulse initiates ultra-fast phenomena, while the other laser beam is converted in an ultra-fast X-ray pulse to “probe” the phenomena dynamics with extreme time-resolution. These X-ray beam lines are proposed to external users from the Région Aquitaine, France or European community. A first collaboration has already started with the LNE team (Laser Nuclear Excitation) of CENBG laboratory.

Date of last update: 22/05/2019
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