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A National Network Of Accelerators Dedicated To Material Irradiation (EMIR)
Hosting Legal Entity
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Commisssariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), Bordeaux University
Coordinating Country
Type Of RI
Life Cycle Status
Operational since 1999
43 Pierre Noailles Street, CELIA, Talence, PO: 33405, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France), France
RI Keywords
Ultra high field science,Ultra-high intensity physics,Femtosecond lasers,Inertial fusion energy,X-ray source,XUV beamline,Strong field physics,Laser
RI Category
Intense Light Sources;Centralised Computing Facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics;Chemistry and Material Sciences

Mission and Objective

CELIA offers an outstanding opportunity for gathering expertises in Strong Field and/or Ultra-High Intensity Physics (UHI) and Inertial Fusion for Energy (IFE). Indeed, CELIA missions are to pursue high-field laser research, high-energy photon production and their applications, with small-scale lasers, and to study hot and dense laser plasmas from the LULI, Alise, LIL laser facilities and the future LMJ.


- High Performance Computing

- Technology Transfer

ALPhANOV, through its capacity to mobilize competencies and expertise in the field of optics and lasers, acts as a "technological amplifier" serving innovative projects for research scientists, engineers, laboratory specialists, SMEs and corporate industrial groups.ALPhANOV’s expertise and technological resources serve four main missions :- Participating to the creation and development of companies by providing competitive edge based on innovative solutions that meet their expectations.- Enabling the valorization of laboratory research and technology transfer.- Building collaborative projects, bringing technologies to maturity and accelerating the introduction of products to the market. - Making optical and laser resources/services available.


- COLA Laser facilities

COLA (Centre Optique et Laser en Aquitaine) laser facilities is supported by two homemade femtosecond Ti:sapphire lasers based on the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) scheme - Aurore & Eclipse

- X-ray beamlines

wo X-ray beam lines are developed in the frame of the COLA project:- Broadband X-ray source. A broadband multi-keV X-ray source is in operation with a 1 kHz repetition rate. Derived from the “Aurore” laser sytem of CELIA (1 kHz, 10 mJ, 30 fs, 800 nm), it delivers extremely brief X-ray bursts, from a few ps down to a few hundreds of fs only. This line is dedicated to time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy.- Hard X-ray source. Another X-ray source is being developed from the “Eclipse” laser sytem of CELIA (10 Hz, 200 mJ, 35 fs, 800 nm). The objective is to achieve the hard X-ray range (10 – 100 keV) for possible applications to the medical and industrial radiography.Each of these devices include a synchronized optical laser beam in order to perform “pump – probe” experiments. The “pump” optical pulse initiates ultra-fast phenomena, while the other laser beam is converted in an ultra-fast X-ray pulse to “probe” the phenomena dynamics with extreme time-resolution.These X-ray beam lines are proposed to external users from the Région Aquitaine, France or European community. A first collaboration has already started with the LNE team (Laser Nuclear Excitation) of CENBG laboratory.

- XUV beamlines