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The general context of this school is the study of Warm Dense Matter generated by high power lasers. This state of matter is defined by temperatures T ~ 0.1 – 100 eV, densities ρ ~ 0.1 – 10 times the solid density, and pressures ≥ Mbar. The macroscopic and microscopic study of this matter concerns a very broad field of physics, ranging from fundamental physics to inertial confinement fusion, as well as planetology and geophysics. The theme of this school is in full expansion thanks to the evolution of laser facilities as well as the development of installations providing X-ray sources well adapted to characterize matter in extreme conditions (e.g. ESRF or EUXFEL).

The scientific objective is giving a detailed presentation of the complex physics involved, thanks to general lessons and also lectures-dedicated to applications (such as amazing breakthrough obtained recently on NIF laser where fusion reaction has yielded more energy than it took to spark it). Courses will be associated to practical works with the aim to train students and researchers to design a typical high power laser compression experiment and to analyze the data.

You can find here the program

The school will be held at the Observatoire Oceanographique of Banyuls sur Mer, France, 4-8 september 2023.

Banyuls sur Mer is a charming village on the Mediterranean Sea. It is known for its vineyards that flow into the sea and produce a delicious sweet wine, its seabed that made it the first French Marine Nature Reserve in 1974, its small beaches and century-old olive groves. See web site.

Inscriptions are closed. A list of participants will be published as soon as possible. For information, send an e-mail to

This school has been totally funded by CNRS as Ecole Thématique, LEPICE GDR, PLAS@PAR, EUR Plasma IP, and CEA.
As consequence, there will be no registration fee.
Participants will just have to pay the travel.
If your employer is the CNRS, the travel costs will be supported by Formation department.


  • A. Benuzzi (LULI, France)
  • F. Dorchies (CELIA, France)
  • R. Torchio (ESRF, France)
  • V. Recoules (CEA, France)
  • T. Vinci (LULI, France)

The speakers that already accepted to give lessons are

  • D. Kraus (Rostock University)
  • A. Ravasio (LULI, France)
  • A. Denoeud (CEA, France)
  • G. Morard (ISTerre, France)
  • J. A. Hernandez (ESRF, France)
  • M. Harmand (IMPMC, France)
  • S. Le Pape (LULI, France)
  • S. Brygoo (CEA, France)
  • P. Renaudin (CEA, France)
  • I. Oleynik (University of South Florida)