Universite de Bordeaux

Universite de Bordeaux (UBx) is a multidisciplinary university with about 52.000 students and 6000 staff. Ranked in the Top Ten among French Universities, it has been awarded in 2011 with the Campus of Excellence label by the French Ministry of Education and Research. In the field of agriculture and viticulture, UBx has developed international educational programs in Plant biology and Wine tourism (master’s level), oenology (doctorate level) and has strong research capacities shared with national research institutes such as the CNRS or INRA as well as a joint international lab (with the University of Tsukuba).

UBx has developed over the past 15 years a solid expertise in the development of joint curricula in the frame of European programs, especially through the Erasmus Mundus program. UB participates in 9 EM programs at master’s and PhD level (incl. 2 as a coordinator and 1 on wine tourism innovation as a partner) and regularly takes part in networks to support the internationalization of studies through the exchange of good practices (EUA-CDE, JOIMAN, JOI.CON, EM-IDEA, IntlUni, etc.). Since 2007, UBx is an active partner in a number of Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programmes (participating in 9 different projects, including with Latin America and Eastern Europe countries).

In 2014, UBx has launched a new initiative to encourage the development of international programs by providing support and training to teachers to set up new curricula using English as the main language (“Défi International”). Over the last few years, the number of joint programmes has rapidly increased and UBx now offers about 40 international programs.

The Center for Intense Lasers and Applications (CELIA) is a joint research unit (UMR5107) involving a partnership between Bordeaux University (UB1), the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS). CELIA offers an outstanding opportunity for gathering expertises in Strong Field and/or Ultra-High Intensity Physics (UHI) and Inertial Fusion for Energy (IFE). 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. CELIA is an active member of the European Large Lasers Network LASERLAB-EUROPE.

Activities of this organisation relevant to this project are cutting edge research on High rep-rate femtosecond lasers, Laser developments, Atomic and Molecular Physics in Plasmas, Laser plasma ultra-short X-ray sources, HHG and attosecond pulses, Laser plasma interaction, Hot dense plasmas and Warm Dense Matter, Fusion Physics.

The key persons in this proposal are:

  1. Professor Dimitri Batani. He is the scientific coordinator of the PETAL and PETAL +projects. Coordinator of the High Energy Density activities within ILP (Institut Lasers et Plasmas) in France. His main interests are: Physics of dense plasmas and inertial confinement fusion (ICF), study of the “fast ignition” and “shock ignition” approaches to ICF, Experimental study of the equation of state and physical properties of materials in extreme conditions (Megabar pressure range), Physics of secondary sources produced by laser plasma interaction (protons, soft X-rays) and their applications (spectroscopy, radiography, radiobiology, microscopy for X-rays) and development of plasma diagnostics.
  2. Professor Vladimir Tikhonchuk. He is the Group leader of Hot and Dense Plasmas since its organization in 2003 in CELIA. His main research interests are: Studies of laser-plasma interactions in hot and dense plasmas, plasma heating, acceleration of electrons and ions and energy transport in solid targets under the action of intense short laser pulses and theory of plasmas in space and in astrophysics.
  3. Associate Professor João Jorge Santos. He took is PhD in laser-plasma physics in 2003 at LULI – Ecole Polytechnique, France, and his Habilitation to Direct Research in 2016 at Univ. Bordeaux. His research activities are based at CELIA – Univ. Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA and his main interests are presently on magnetized high-energy-density physics, including strong magnetic field generation by laser, magnetization effects on laser-plasma relativistic interactions, magnetized atomic spectroscopy and magnetized inertial confinement fusion. More recently he is as well working on high-repetition-rate laser-ion acceleration with quasi-critical density targets.