User access to high power laser labs / DRACO

In addition to the focus of our internal program on the development of advanced plasma accelerators and exploitation of related applications we offer access to our high power laser infrastructure to external users. In order to benefit best from the long-term development of dedicated target environment, access is provided to integral areas. Early consultation with local experts up to collaborative approaches are thus highly recommended.

We are happy to discuss ideas and concepts any time, i.e. without a fixed submission deadline, and prior to proposal submission ask for a brief email contact to

Following successful first discussions and a feasibility pre-check formal proposal submission is organized via the HZDR proposal management system GATE (requiring confirmed registration) in analogy to access to the radiation source ELBE. Apart from a short questionnaire proposal evaluation relies on a three-page project description strictly following the description in the template:

Access (and support) has to be additionally applied for online via the user access program in Laserlab Europe V. Similar forms will be used and support is based on independent reviewing.

Recent user based publications:

Seeded free-electron laser driven by a compact laser plasma accelerator,
M. Labat, J. Couperus Cabadag, A. Ghaith, A. Irman, A. Berlioux, P. Berteaud, F. Blache, S. Bock, F. Bouvet, F. Briquez, Y.-Y. Chang, S. Corde, A. Debus, C. De Oliveira, J.-P. Duval, Y. Dietrich, M. El Ajjouri, C. Eisenmann, J. Gautier, R. Gebhardt, S. Grams, U. Helbig, C. Herbeaux, N. Hubert, C. Kitegi, O. Kononenko, M. Kuntzsch, M. LaBerge, S. Le, B. Leluan, A. Loulergue, V. Malka, F. Marteau, M. Huy N Guyen, D. Oumbarek-Espinos, R. Pausch, D. Pereira, T. Püschel, J.-P. Ricaud, P. Rommeluere, E. Roussel, P. Rousseau, S. Sch öbel, M. Sebdaoui, K. Steiniger, K. Tavakoli, C. Thaury, P. Ufer, M. Valleau, M. Vandenberghe, J. Veteran, U. Schramm, and M.-E. Couprie,
Nature Photonics 17, 150 (2023)
Three-Dimensional Acoustic Monitoring of Laser-Accelerated Protons in the Focus of a Pulsed-Power Solenoid Lens,
S. Gerlach, F. Balling, A.K. Schmidt, F.E. Brack, F. Kroll, J. Metzkes-Ng, M. Reimold, U. Schramm, M. Speicher, K. Zeil, K. Parodi, and J. Schreiber,
High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2023)
Compact spectroscopy of keV to MeV X-rays from a laser wakefield accelerator,
A. Hannasch, A. Laso Garcia, M. LaBerge, R. Zgadzaj, A. Köhler, J. P. Couperus-Cabadag, O. Zarini, T. Kurz, A. Ferrari, M. Molodtsova, T. Cowan, U. Schramm, A. Irman, and M.C. Downer,
Scientific Reports 11, 14368 (2021)
I-BEAT: New ultrasonic method for single bunch measurement of ion energy distribution,
D. Haffa, R. Yang, J. Bin, S. Lehrack, F.-E. Brack, H. Ding, F. Englbrecht, Y. Gao, L. Gaus, J. Gebhard, M. Gilljohann, J. Götzfried, J. Hartmann, S. Herr, P. Hilz, S. Kraft, C. Kreuzer, F. Kroll, F.H. Lindner, J. Metzkes-Ng, T.M. Ostermayr, E. Ridente, T.F. Rösch, G. Schilling, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, M. Speicher, D. Taray, M. Würl, K. Zeil, U. Schramm, S. Karsch, K. Parodi, P. Bolton, W. Assmann and J. Schreiber,
Scientific Reports 9, 6714 (2019)
Laser-driven ion acceleration via TNSA in the relativistic transparency regime,
P.L. Poole, L. Obst, G.E. Cochran, J. Metzkes, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, I. Prencipe, T. Kluge, T. Cowan, U. Schramm, D.W. Schumacher, K. Zeil,
New Journal of Physics 20, 013019 (2018)
High Repetition Rate, Multi-MeV Proton Source from Cryogenic Hydrogen Jets,
M. Gauthier, C.B. Curry, S. Glöde, F.-E. Brack, J.B. Kim, M.J. MacDonald, J. Metzkes, L. Obst, M. Rehwald, C. Rödel, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, W. Schumaker, U. Schramm, K. Zeil and S.H. Glenzer,
Applied Physics Letters 111, 114102 (2017)
Relativistic Electron Streaming Instabilities Modulate Proton Beams Accelerated in Laser-Plasma Interactions,
S. Göde, C. Rödel, K. Zeil, R. Mishra, M. Gauthier, F.-E. Brack, T. Kluge, M. J. MacDonald, J. Metzkes, L. Obst, M. Rehwald, C. Ruyer, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, W. Schumaker, P. Sommer, T. E. Cowan, U. Schramm, S. Glenzer, and F. Fiuza,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 194801 (2017)