Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) User Program is accepting proposals for experiments in calendar year 2018 (January through December) through September 24, 2017.

Jupiter is a multiplatform, intermediate-scale laser user facility located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Proposals will be accepted for the laser platforms Titan, Janus, and COMET.
Template and submission instructions can be hound here.

Call for proposals

The purpose of the call for proposals is to provide opportunities for forefront experimental science in high-energy-density matter, laser–matter interactions, high-pressure materials, and plasma disciplines. JLF encourages student participation in experiments. Special consideration will be given to JLF proposals that link to experiments, or proposed experiments, at the x-ray free-electron laser facility Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS) located at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The JLF User Program is open to all qualified applicants, including those from DOE and non-DOE laboratories and academic institutions. Proposals are typically made for one platform, but requests can also be made for time on multiple platforms.

For Titan and Janus, an experimental run cycle is defined as four weeks, including setup and teardown. Proposals will be accepted for experimental runtimes of less than or more than four weeks; however, the proposal should make the reasons for the request very clear. The CY17 schedule will be constructed later. Requests for time on COMET are not required to fit the four-week cycle.


Upcoming maintenance

With funding from LLNL and the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, JLF will undergo extended maintenance, which will include a number of system enhancements, in 2018. Detailed planning is continuing. We expect that the maintenance period will be five months, beginning in December 2­­­017. CY2018 experiments will start in May and run through the following November. We expect to accommodate 2ω short-pulse experiments in Titan.


Review process

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the JLF advisory committee using a merit-based system assessing scientific and/or programmatic quality, impact, and feasibility. Although not a requirement, it is desired that the majority of experiments performed at JLF result in peer-reviewed publications. Additional technical assessment of proposals will be solicited from external referees. PIs should ensure that the goal of the experiment is clear in the proposal and that the laser time requested is realistic.



While users will not be charged for laser time, they are required to provide resources for their experimental work force, targets, and diagnostics (except for diagnostics that are permanent to JLF). JLF cannot provide funding to experimenters, but can, under some circumstances, help with targets.


Policies & procedures

Before preparing proposals, applicants should review information on the Policies and Procedures page. Experimental teams are not required to have participation by LLNL scientists. However, because JLF can provide only minimal assistance and because the safety environment at LLNL is complex, it is recommended that a Laboratory contact—preferably with experience at the facility—be consulted. Students are welcome, although those new to JLF will require oversight by experienced team members. Applicants needing assistance to engage a suitable LLNL researcher should contact the Director.

The CY2018 proposal submission deadline is September 24, 2017.