Succesful operation of Bivoj 10 J laser

The Bivoj team has successfully provided more than 2.5 × 10^7 pump pulses resulting in reliable, stable and high-energy laser operation (2-6 J) in the period of August 2017-July 2018. These laser shots were used for internal tests and for several experimental campaigns, including LSP, LIDT and laser-generated ions. A key laser parameter for the successful operation of Bivoj is the wavefront quality. Jan Pilar received a Student Poster Award for his work on ‘Adaptive Optics development at HiLASE’ at the 7th Conference of the International Committee on Ultrafast Intensity Lasers (ICUIL), Montebello, Canada, 11-16 September 2016.