The Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) announces that the Request for Proposals for the JLF User Program for experiments in Calendar Year 2017, January through December, is open.
Jupiter is a multi-platform, intermediate-scale laser user facility located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Proposals will be accepted for the laser platforms Titan, Janus, and COMET. Information and submission instructions are available at https://jlf.llnl.gov.
The purpose of the Call 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. Applications from US and non-US investigators are encouraged. Proposals are typically made for one platform but requests can be made for time on multiple platforms.
For Titan and Janus, an experimental run cycle is defined as 4 weeks, including set-up and teardown. There will be 8 such periods for Janus and 6 for Titan in 2017. Proposals will be accepted for experimental run-times of less than or more than 4 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 4-week cycle.
Thanks to the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, in CY17 we will offer full-aperture 2ω capability for the Titan short-pulse beam. The optics have not yet been installed and tested, but we expect 2ω beam energies in excess of 100 J.
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. PI's 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.
Prior to the preparation of proposals, applicants should review user policies and procedures detailed in the Policies and Procedures link at https://jlf.llnl.gov/. 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 CY2017 proposal submission deadline is 18 September 2016.