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Bronze medal
28 Feb. 2024

Bronze medal

The CNRS awarded 48 bronze medals in 2024. This is an important recognition for the men and women who are driving science forward. The bronze medal rewards the first works of researchers who are specialists in their field. This distinction represents an...
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Call for access to the LULI laser facilities
08 Jan. 2024 - 12 Mar. 2024

Call for access to the LULI laser facilities

The call of proposals for the LULI2000 laser facility, for the period November 2024 - October 2025, is opened until 01/03/2024, 1 pm GMT.
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APS HONORS 2023 Fellows Announced
24 Oct. 2023

APS HONORS 2023 Fellows Announced

Sorbonne University Citation: For seminal contributions to laser plasma physics, plasma optics, and collisionless shocks, for training and inspiring students, especially women, and for service to the international plasma physics community. Nominated by...
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Nuclear fusion: 1, 2, 3 Sun
07 Feb. 2023 - 07 Feb. 2024

Nuclear fusion: 1, 2, 3 Sun

Nuclear fusion is the process that occurs at the heart of stars. Several methods exist to try to reproduce it in the laboratory. What are the challenges of research in this field?
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Nuclear fusion: a historic breakthrough
06 Feb. 2023 - 06 Jun. 2023

Nuclear fusion: a historic breakthrough

In December 2022, scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) announced a 'historic breakthrough' in nuclear fusion. They succeeded, for the first time, in releasing more energy from fusion reactions than was needed to cause them. Caterina Riconda...
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At the heart of the planets thanks to intense lasers
02 Jan. 2023 - 31 Dec. 2023

At the heart of the planets thanks to intense lasers

Understanding the internal structure of planets is key to explaining how they form and evolve. However, the experimental data are insufficient and the theoretical models incomplete. Laboratory astrophysics seeks to reproduce the extreme thermodynamic conditions of matter in the hearts of planets, at pressures of several million bars and temperatures of several thousand degrees. At the Laboratory for the Use of Intense Lasers (École Polytechnique, Palaiseau), researcher Alessandra Ravasio focuses very energetic lasers on the materials studied to subject them to intense shock waves, in order to analyze their properties in similar states. to those encountered in the planetary interiors.
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Creation of the joint laboratory HERACLES3 in the field of intense lasers
01 Apr. 2022 - 06 Jul. 2022

Creation of the joint laboratory HERACLES3 in the field of intense lasers

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris, the CNRS and Thales have signed a partnership agreement relating to the creation of a joint laboratory, HERACLES 3 , to conduct research and development in the field of intense lasers. Drawing on a rich history of...
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Burning plasma achieved in inertial fusion
01 Feb. 2022

Burning plasma achieved in inertial fusion

A burning plasma has been recently achieved at the National Ignition Facility in the US: a paper in the Figaro magazine on 28/01/2022 could be read here (in french only). On the same subject, listen to the podcast of the 7pm radio news programme of France...
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Cosmos in the lab
08 Dec. 2021

Cosmos in the lab

Listen to the podcast of La Méthode scientifique by Antoine Beauchamp and Nicolas Martin on the France Culture website.
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Understanding cosmic ray generation in the lab
12 Oct. 2021

Understanding cosmic ray generation in the lab

By combining high-power lasers and intense magnetic fields, researchers succeeded for the first time in demonstrating particle acceleration during the interaction of a collisionless shock wave with a magnetized ambient medium. Reference Laboratory...
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APOLLON Research Infrastructure Opening
23 Mar. 2021

APOLLON Research Infrastructure Opening

On Tuesday March 23, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. took place the “APOLLON OPENING” WEBINAR, bringing together more than 100 participants representing the international community of future users of the Apollon Research infrastructure. During this...
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