In June 2020, the CNRS awarded a Cristal Collectif to part of the Apollon project team for the year 2020 for the passage of the so-called 1PW milestone with the achievement of a shot at 22.6 Joules and 21.5 fs.
The CNRS Cristal Collectif distinguishes teams of men and women, research support staff, who have carried out projects whose technical mastery, collective dimension, applications, innovation and influence are particularly remarkable. This distinction rewards the Laboratoire d’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI UMR 7605) which since 2011 has first developed and then implemented the laser for the Apollon research infrastructure.
The first and last names of the winning agents are as follows:
François MATHIEU (project manager), Dimitrios PAPADOPOULOS (laser installation manager), Jean-Michel BOUDENNE (design office manager), Luc MARTIN (laser operations manager), Audrey BELUZE (laser compression manager), Antoine FRENEAUX (laser amplification manager) ), Nathalie LEBAS (front end manager), Fouad ELHAI (mechanical design), Jean Philippe DELANEAU (vacuum and safety manager), Daniel CAVANNA (electronics, motorization).
Through them, it is not only all the staff of the various technical teams of LULI, permanent or CDD, who contributed to this achievement, but also the staff of partner laboratories who were involved in the realization of this project since its inception in 2007, whose work and excellence are recognized.