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About us

Located in the Luminy Campus in Marseille, the Lasers, Plasmas and Photonic Processes (LP3) laboratory was founded in 2000. It is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7341) of CNRS and Aix-Marseille University (AMU). LP3 aggregates the activities of 35 peoples (13 scientists, 6 Engineers and administratives, 8 post-docs and 6 PhD students).

LP3 laboratory is a member of the Carnot STAR (Sciences & Technologies for the Applications of Research) whose the main purpose is the promotion of applied researches in collaboration with industry.

LP3 and IESL-FORTH (Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser form Crete) laboratories have created the Associated International Laboratory MINOS (Laser Matter Interaction from fundamental studies to inNOvative laSer processing). This international laboratory is supported par CNRS (INSIS) and AMU.

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Scientific activities

The research of LP3 laboratory is focused on laser matter interaction in short and ultrashort temporal regimes. Studies address fundamental mechanisms induced when a pulsed laser beam interacts with matter, in order to manage the physical phenomena that control the effects of the interaction and then to develop innovative photonic processes. The latter target new diagnostics and means of analysis (LIBS, SERS, sub-picosecond X-ray imaging, time-resolved X-ray diffraction), the generation of new material (high purity nanoparticles) or materials with new properties (surface structuring) and at last the development of new manufacturing processes (subtractive and additive micro/nano technologies).
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These activities are organized in five transverse research axes :

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Equipment and experimental approach

The studies performed at LP3 laboratory are based on experimental approach and rely on three large laser platforms with short (ns, ps) and ultrashort (fs) high power sources : ASUR (Applications of Ultrafast Sources), LaMP (Lasers for Microelectronics and Photovoltaic) and PIALA (Interdisciplinary Platform on Laser Ablation and Applications co-managed with CINaM). These infrastructures are completed by equipment for surface preparation (deposition, processing …) and in-situ (spectroscopy, fast imaging …) and ex-situ (SEM, AFM, optical and confocal microscopy …) analyses in order to control the full experimental chain.

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LP3 has many collaborations with French national research units (CNRS, INSERM, Universities of Lyon, Bordeaux, Orléans …), the CEA (Cadarache, Saclay, …) and the laboratories of Aix-Marseille University. These links are enhanced with the participation to national structures like the GdR AppliX and Aco-Chocolas, the research federation on magnetic confinement fusion, some technological networks (femtosecond lasers, plasmas) and the Institute on Lasers and Plasmas.

Thanks to its activities on laser processes, LP3 established strong links with industries. We are members of some competitiveness clusters on Photonics and imaging (OPTITEC), Microelectronics (SCS) and Energy (CapEnergies). Our main applications are related to microelectronics and photovoltaic, optical components and systems, health and life sciences, micro-manufacturing.

At the international level we are involved in some FP7 and H2020 European projects (LaserMicroFab, ALABO …) and Euripides, and LP3 is a European host laboratory for its laser infrastructures through the laserlab-Europe project. Some bilateral projects are founded by national programs like PICS or PHC, in particular with Bulgaria, Russia and Serbia. Our main European partners are l’IESL-FORTH and NTUA (Greece), INFLPR (Romania), University of Salento and INRIM (Italy), the Universities of Potsdam and Gottingen (Germany), University of Barcelona (Spain), Lomonosov State University, Lebedev Institut and MEPHI (Russia), Institut of electronics of Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria), University of Belgrade (Serbia), Oxford Lasers and the Universities of Manchester and Southampton (United Kingdom), Paul Scherrer Institut and EMPA (Switzerland). Beyond Europe, we have also active collaborations with the Australian National University at Canberra in Australia, the Universities of Ottawa and Sherbrooke and INRS in Montreal in Canada, the University of Harvard and ...

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