Young French and European researchers working on the preparation of the first physics experiments on LMJ/PETAL© Guillaume Boutoux
Guillaume Boutoux (a former PhD student from CENBG) and Katarzyna Jakubowska (a former employée from Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion in Warsaw) are taking part in the Equipex PETAL+ related to study, development and optimization of diagnostics for the PETAL laser (PETawatt Aquitaine Laser). They are involved in calibration and testing of X-ray, electrons and ions detectors. The work includes several studied related to reflection of the crystals proposed for the X-ray spectrometer as well as the calibration and simulation of the imaging plates (IP) that record all the signals. In the framework of the PETAPHYS project (LAPHIA), they are also developing two additional diagnostics that will characterize the focal spot of the PETAL laser and the production of hard X-rays. They are also involved in the preparation of first LMJ/PETAL “academic” experiments that will take place by the end of 2016.