Equipex CILEX :
Equipex CILEX (Centre interdisciplinaire lumière extrême) is a major financial and technical contributor to APOLLON project (Convention N° ANR-10-EQPX-25-01, from 22/02/2011 to 31/12/2019). Financed as part of Investissements d’avenir, it brings together twelve laboratories whose technical and scientifc skills cover the needs for the design and the construction of the ultra-high-intensity laser APOLLON, and proximity centers.
The Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) is the coordinating partner. The École polytechnique hosted APOLLON before its implantation at Orme des Merisiers, in renovated premises owned by the the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA). The École nationale supérieure des techniques avancées (ENSTA) hosted the development of the amplifying section of APOLLON. The Institut d’optique Graduate School (IOGS) hosted the development of APOLLON’s front-end.
French state and the Région Île de France
The APOLLON infrastructure has benefited from two Contrats plan État-Région (CPER) between the French State and the Région Île de France: the firt one covering the period from 2007 to 2013 and the second one from 2015 to 2020. Their significant financial participation have greatly contributed the infrastructure’s construction: both for the premises and the laser device itself. In addition of the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’Innovation, and the Région Île de France, the CNRS, the CEA and the département de l’Essonne also contibuted to this project.
CPER 2007-2013 is a part of the projet ILE-APOLLON project, wich mutualises the efforts of six laboratories from the Plateau de Saclay for the APOLLON infrastructure’s design. In addition, the Région Île de France has raised an European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to complete the financial contribution for the laser’s development.
CPER 2015-2020 is used to improve the APOLLON’s performances, particularly by financing the technical and technological developments. But also, it complements and strengthen the existing facilities to ensure its operation and the reception of users from all over the world.