The Laser Megajoule (LMJ) is one of the most important tools of the Simulation program. The goal of the LMJ is to recreate, in the laboratory, thermodynamic conditions similar to those encountered during the operation of a nuclear weapon. It will allow theoreticians and weapon designers to test predictions against actual fusion.
The Ligne d'Integration Laser
The Ligne d'Integration Laser (LIL) is the most powerful laser in Europe in terms of energy delivered. It will remain so until the Megajoule Laser becomes operational.
Openness to the research community and industry
Results from key elements of the Simulation program have been made available to the French and European scientific community, in accordance with the openness policy approved in 2002 by the French Ministry of Defense.
Established in 1965 in the commune of Le Barp, between Bordeaux and Arcachon, the primary mission of the Aquitaine center for scientific and technical studies
is to ensure the industrial architecture is in place for the weapons of the French deterrent force.
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The Laser Megajoule : Introduction, How it works, The LIL, The laser line, The target bay, The target|
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