Author: Arnoul, J.P.A.
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TUDAUST05 The Laser MegaJoule Facility: Control System Status Report 600
  • J.I. Nicoloso
    CEA/DAM/DIF, Arpajon, France
  • J.P.A. Arnoul
    CEA, Le Barp, France
  The French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) is currently building the Laser MegaJoule (LMJ), a 176-beam laser facility, at the CEA Laboratory CESTA near Bordeaux. It is designed to deliver about 1.4 MJ of energy to targets for high energy density physics experiments, including fusion experiments. LMJ technological choices were validated with the LIL, a scale 1 prototype of one LMJ bundle. The construction of the LMJ building itself is now achieved and the assembly of laser components is on-going. A Petawatt laser line is also being installed in the building. The presentation gives an overview of the general control system architecture, and focuses on the hardware platform being installed on the LMJ, in the aim of hosting the different software applications for system supervisory and sub-system controls. This platform is based on the use of virtualization techniques that were used to develop a high availability optimized hardware platform, with a high operating flexibility, including power consumption and cooling considerations. This platform is spread over 2 sites, the LMJ itself of course, but also on the software integration platform built outside LMJ, and intended to provide system integration of various software control system components of the LMJ.  
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WEPMU009 The Laser MégaJoule Facility: Personnel Security and Safety Interlocks 1070
  • J.-C. Chapuis, J.P.A. Arnoul, A. Hurst, M.G. Manson
    CEA, Le Barp, France
  The French CEA (Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique) is currently building the LMJ (Laser MégaJoule), at the CEA Laboratory CESTA near Bordeaux. The LMJ is designed to deliver about 1.4 MJ of 0.35 μm light to targets for high energy density physics experiments. Such an installation entails specific risks related to the presence of intense laser beams, and high voltage power laser amplifiers. Furthermore, the thermonuclear fusion reactions induced by the experiment also produce different radiations and neutrons burst and also activate some materials in the chamber environment. Both risks could be lethal. This presentation (paper) discusses the SSP (system for the personnel safety) that was designed to prevent accidents and protect personnel working in the LMJ. To achieve the security level imposed on us by labor law and by the French Safety Authority, the system consists of two independent safety barriers based on different technologies, whose combined effect can reduce to insignificant level the occurrence probability of all accidental scenarios identified during the risk analysis.