Over the past few days, the physical installation of the L3-HAPLS (Advanced Petawatt Laser System) was successfully finished. The L3-HAPLS was delivered from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to ELI Beamlines in Dolní Břežany in June this year. Since the end of September, a joint team of scientific and technical staff from LLNL, the ELI Beamlines center of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences has worked intensively on the installation of the laser. After the connection and commissioning of cooling, vacuum, electrical and electronic systems of the laser, the first part of the laser chain has been put into operation. The first upgraded part of the L3-HAPLS system consists of an oscillator and a pump laser, which provide pulses with energy of 2 J and a repetition frequency of 10 Hz.
On November 1st, 2017, the vacuum compressor of PW laser pulses for the laser system L3 (one of the four lasers at ELI Beamlines) arrived in Dolní Břežany from Brno. It is the largest vacuum opto-mechanical unit ever designed and manufactured in the Czech Republic.
ELI Beamlines is a European laser research facility where an international team currently installs the world’s most intense laser systems. Once completed, it will enable groundbreaking research not only in the fields of physics and material science, but also in biomedical research and laboratory astrophysics.READ MORE