Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole polytechnique is a French public institution of higher education and research, located in Palaiseau near Paris. It is a top ranked University in France and worldwide, and is renowned for its four-year undergraduate Ingenieur Polytechnicien degree in science and engineering. Polytechnique is known for its extremely competitive entrance exam university-level preparation in mathematics and physics or after a Bachelor of Science. Approximately 2900 students attend Ecole polytechnique.

The LULI research centre on laser-generated plasmas and their applications and its scientific teams develop ambitious programs, more generally in close collaboration with other French and international groups. As a national and European facility, LULI develops and runs the most energetic French civilian high-power lasers and the associated experimental equipment. It also pursues ambitious programs on new laser sources and technologies.

Key person for this project is the Directeur de Recherche CNRS, Michel Koenig, primary scientist of the LULI research centre. His main research interests are in the topics of Plasma Physics, Experimental Physics and Material Science. He is part of the research team of High Energy Density Matter Physics using high-energy lasers. His main research topics are in the area Warm Dense Matter (WDM) physics, Planetary physics, Laboratory astrophysics and X-ray sources development & applications.