5 October 2014
The LMJ-PETAL laser facility will be commissioned in 2016 at CEA’s CESTA site at Le Barp, near Bordeaux, in 2016. In 2017 the facility will be open for scientific access to academic research groups. Further information on the Call can be downloaded here
Please register your Expression of Interest for access to this exciting new facility by October 31st using the templates which may be downloaded here .
5 August 2014
The “Edouard Fabre” prize – For contribution to study of laser-driven inertial confinement fusion and the physics of laser produced plasmas.
31 July 2014
With work now complete on the Preparatory Phase of the HiPER Project, the completion report has now been published. A full copy of the report can be downloaded here.
13 February 2014
Scientific Breakeven” at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California was achieved on 29th September 2013 with an output of 5.1015 neutrons using a new “high foot” design of target which gives improved hydrodynamic stability during the compression phase. Detailed results have now been published.
21 January 2014
The HiPER management team met on 20th January in London to determine the way forward for the project over the coming year.
Key objectives include:
Prof. Andrew Randewich, Chief Scientist at AWE, led a discussion on the significance of the latest results from NIF.
It was agreed that a HiPER Participants' Forum will be held in the summer.
19 April 2013
With the HiPER Project reaching the conclusion of its Preparatory Phase, a well-attended Participants’ Forum was held in Prague to follow the SPIE Photonics event.
17-18 April 2013
A 2-day workshop on Laser Energy was held within the recent SPIE event in Prague.
15-18 April 2013
The 2013 SPIE Optics and Optoelectronics Conference took place in Prague between 15 and 18 April 2013. More than 600 delegates gathered to discuss the latest advances in laser technology, photonics and applications ranging from inertial confinement fusion to medical imaging, from metamaterials to quantum information transfer..
14 February 2013
The Erasmus LLE curriculum PLAPA (Plasma Physics & Applications) has been prepared to meet the training needs of the HiPER Project and will be implemented from September 2013, to develop an MSc course in laser fusion science and technology.
3 July 2012
The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project in the Czech Republic has awarded its first major contract to STFC’s new Centre for Advanced Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA).
2 February 2012
The 5th HiPER Participant’s Forum took place on 2nd February 2012 in Bordeaux, France...
22 November 2011 – Optics.org
19 October 2011
Expert teams of laser scientists create new laser technologies... another key step towards fusion energy...
3 October 2011 – Laser Focus World
12 September 2011 – NIF News
LLNL has signed a memorandum of agreement with two long-term partners from the United Kingdom—Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) – to engage in joint research directed at the exploration of the challenges associated with the design, development and delivery of Laser Inertial Fusion Energy (LIFE) power plants.
9 September 2011 – Optics.org
As the National Ignition Facility closes in on Laser Fusion with energy gain...
14 August 2011
4 July 2011
July 2011 edition of Laserlab Forum
A HiPER workshop took place during the SPIE optics and optoelectronics conference that was held in Prague in April 2011. The HiPER event was scheduled on Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st April 11 and consisted of a project update and a series of technical talks showcasing progress made by the team. The official workshop proceedings can be found here
January 2011 edition of Laserlab Forum...
4 November 2010
29 September - 1 October 2010
27 September - 1st October 2010
20 July 2010
HiPER Laser, the new approach to fusion energy...
28 June - 9 July 2010
Erasmus intensive training programme on HiPER related physics and technology – summer school
24 June 2010
You are invited to the 3rd European Target Fabrication Workshop. If you would like to submit an abstract to be considered for an oral presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th July 2010...
23 June 2010
Deadline 15th August 2010...
3 June 2010
Members of the HiPER community gathered on 3rd and 4th March 2010 for the 3rd Participants’ Forum and the 1st Fellows Meeting, which was held in Prague...
10 May 2010
We are at a golden age of laser development and exploitation -- seeing rapid enhancement of capability into ever higher powers and ever shorter pulses, and the emergence of a wide range of applications...
18 March 2010
On 15-16th March 2010, the HiPER team met with a group of 18 Russian researchers from a large number of institutes in the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Rosatom nuclear research centres, as well as representatives of Russian industry and universities...
18 February 2010
An opportunity 'to shape a future global collaboration'...
25 November 2009
Representatives of the HiPER project took part in an open day designed to attract young scientists to embark on PhD's in fusion science...
29 October 2009
Through October members of the HiPER team accelerated efforts to engage with industry – a key step in moving the project forward...
2 October 2009
There are two ways to achieve fusion on Earth. In "magnetic fusion", strong magnetic fields confine a tenuous plasma inside a vacuum vessel. By way of various heating techniques, this plasma is brought to the temperature at which fusion reactions can occur. This is a path that was chosen half a century ago to pursue industrial production of electricity – magnetic fusion is what ITER and all tokamaks are about...
2 September 2009
The EPSRC and STFC have established a project to carry out a full review of the UK fusion for energy programme. The review will take place over the coming months and will be completed by December 2009...
14 May 2009
A significant milestone in the HiPER project occurred on 5th March in INFN (Frascati) when the HiPER Executive Board took the unanimous decision that HiPER should operate at high repetition rate – consistent with the requirements of a future fusion reactor...
13 May 2009
46th Course Atoms & plasmas in super intense laser fields
Erice-Sicily: 10-16 July 2009
6 February 2009
No passado dia 6 de outubro, mais de duzentos cientistas e polÌticos de dez paÌses Europeus e dos estados unidos - incluindo trÍs cientistas de Portugal...
6 October 2008
European High Power Laser Energy Research Facility (HiPER) preparatory phase launched today.
The quest for abundant safe clean energy is one of the most important challenges facing mankind and HiPER, a European research project led by the UK will harness nature's prime energy source - Fusion - to demonstrate a credible path to laser driven fusion as a commercial energy production source and offer a broad based science research facility.........
6 October 2008
Scientists, politicians and press gathered together at the Science Museum in London on 6th October 2008 at a prestigious event to mark the beginning of the three-year Preparatory Phase of the HiPER project...
19 September 2008
A prestigious launch event is planned to mark the start of the HiPER Preparatory Phase Project. To be held at the Science Museum in London on 6th October 2008, this will comprise a plenary session in the IMAX theatre (in the afternoon) and a celebration reception and dinner (in the evening)...
14 July 2008
The Research Councils UK (RCUK) today unveils its 2008 Large Facilities Roadmap, featuring a wide array of major research infrastructures such as light sources, research ships, state of the art laboratories and social data sets...
Call for Application for beam time at LULI on the 100TW and LULI2000 is now open for 2009. The closing date is 14th July 2008...
19 May 2008
A milestone in high energy density science has been reached by an international team of physicists from Japan, the EU and the US.
6 April 2007
Christine Labaune representing PETAL/ILP (centre), Mike Dunne representing HiPER (left) and GÈrard Mourou representing ELI (right) signed a Memorandum of Understanding laying the will to share the ELI, HiPER, PETAL/ILP respective efforts and knowledge to solve the different technical and administrative issues of their forthcoming European Preparatory Phases.
29 January 2007
CCLRC has endorsed a submission to the European Commission in which the UK will take the coordinating, lead role in a 3-year project to prepare the case for construction of the proposed HiPER laser facility.
19 October 2006
The roadmap outlining opportunities for European science has been published today. The result of two years intensive work involving over 1000 top-level scientists, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) lists 35 opportunities for major science facilities over the next 20 years.