The objective of the CILEX (Centre Interdisciplinaire Lumière EXtrême) project is to develop on the Orme des Merisiers site an international-scale interdisciplinary centre hinged on the APOLLON facility and on satellite facilities: UHI100 at LIDyL (CEA-Saclay), Salle Jaune at LOA (ENSTA), LASERIX at the Paris-Sud University and ELFIE at LULI (Ecole Polytechnique), delivering moderate laser powers (at the 100TW level).

This centre will be dedicated to the high-power ultra-short laser technology and to the study of various subjects under the UHI (ultra-high intensity) thematic area, from laser-matter interaction in the yet unexplored ultra-relativistic regime to applications of the energetic and ultra-short secondary sources of radiation (X and γ) and particles (electrons and ions) that the extreme irradiation conditions (ultra-high intensity, ultra-short duration) are allowing.

CILEX is supported by the French Investissements d’Avenir, through an EquipEx (ANR contract 10-EQPX-25) federating 12 partners on the Plateau de Saclay and 8 governing bodies.


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It benefits also from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) and from the 2014-2010 State-IdF Plan, as well from from a strong support from CNRS, CEA and Ecole Polytechnique.


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