The Megajoule Laser facility (LMJ) is a key component of CEA's Simulation Program. Its purpose is to study, at a very small scale, the behavior of materials under extreme conditions similar to those reached during the operation of nuclear weapons.
Laser Integration Line
The Laser Integration Line (LIL) is a prototype of an LMJ laser line. Between its commissioning in 2002 and its closure in early 2014, the LIL was the most powerful laser in Europe in terms of delivered energy. The LIL was used to validate technological choices made for the LMJ and set up experiments (targets, measurement systems, etc.). It was the site of many physics experiments for defense and academic applications.
Access by researchers and industry
The facilities in the Simulation Program (LMJ, LIL, etc.) are outstanding achievements in terms of their technical capabilities and performance. In accordance with the policy approved by the French Ministry of Defense in 2002 and allowing access by outside users to resources, these facilities are made available to the scientific community during specific periods.
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The Laser Megajoule : Introduction, How it works, The laser line, Experimental hall, Target, The LIL|
The facility : A unique tool,|
Spin-offs for industry, Close-up of the Cesta, Environmental protection
The experimental campaigns : Inertial confinement fusion, The expérimental project, Measurements & diagnostics, Open access approach for the research community and industry