The Saclay Laser-matter Interaction Center (SLIC) is a research infrastructure hosting 4 intense femtosecond lasers and a large panel of experimental endstations to study ultrafast phenomena and laser-matter interaction at high intensity. Research carried out at SLIC encompasses a broad spectrum of areas: development and applications of intense coherent femtosecond/attosecond XUV sources, laser-driven particle acceleration, laser-solid interaction at high intensity, femtochemistry and femtobiology are typical examples.
The laser facilities at SLIC are generally based on the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) scheme and mostly use Titanium-Sapphire (TiS) as the laser medium. SLIC facilities possess complementary specifications and are optimized for different domains of research:
A dedicated laser group operates and upgrades the SLIC laser facilities and also conducts research and development programs on ultrafast lasers and diagnostics. This R&D activity is mostly aimed at improving the SLIC installations. A large part of this R&D activity is carried out in close collaboration with SMEs.
SLIC facilities are widely open to external researchers. An annual call intended for researchers affiliated to French research institutions is launched each year jointly by SLIC, the LOA (Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée) and the CELIA (Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications). At the European level, SLIC is a member of the European LASERLAB-EUROPE consortium of laser infrastructures and participates to its Transnational Access Programme that enables researchers affiliated to European research Institutes to get free access to SLIC and to 19 other laser infrastructures in Europe.
How to apply for European access
For more information, please contact:
CEA/Saclay 91191 Gif Sur Yvette
Tel: 33 (0)169088260