Le Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée (LOA) is an UMR (Unité Mixte de Recherches) ENSTA-Paris Tech - CNRS - École Polytechnique. Its research activity covers a broad spectrum of science in the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications: development of intense laser sources, laser-matter interaction and plasma physics, production of compact sources of energetic radiations and particles, multidisciplinary applications of these sources. Read more

- November 4th, 2016 -  An European FET-OPEN program of 3,9 M€, Laser Lightning Rod (LLR), has been awarded to a consortium leaded by Aurelien HOUARD at LOA. Controlling lightning is a long time dream of mankind. The goal of the present project is to investigate and develop a new type of lightning protection based on the use of upward lightning discharges initiated through a high repetition rate multi terawatt laser. The feasibility of the... read more | Read more news

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