LLNL’s High Repetition Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS)

LLNL’s High Repetition Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS)

Dept. of Energy

(Photo credit: Jason Laurea/LLNL)

L3-HAPLS, the world's most advanced and highest average power, diode-pumped petawatt laser system was designed, developed and constructed in only three years by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) NIF/Photon Science Directorate. It was delivered last summer and declared fully integrated and operational at the European Union ELI Beamlines Research Center in the Czech Republic in June 2018. L3-HAPLS will generate secondary sources such as electromagnetic radiation, or accelerate charged particles, enabling unparalleled access to a variety of research areas, including time-resolved proton and X-ray radiography, laboratory astrophysics, other basic science, medical applications for cancer treatments, and industrial applications like nondestructive evaluation of materials and laser fusion.

LLNL’s defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. The Lab’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. LLNL’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counterterrorism and nonproliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.


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