LIVERMORE -- Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has announced it has awarded a major subcontract to Vienna-based FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH, as part of an effort to build a high-powered international laser research facility in the Czech Republic.

The company was selected to construct a key component that generates and amplifies ultra-fast laser pulses for the "High Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System" (HAPLS). The system is being developed for the European ELI-Beamlines science facility, described in a lab press release as a "CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) for laser research."

The component is due for delivery to the Livermore lab by August. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The full HAPLS system is being designed, developed, assembled and tested in Livermore. When completed, it will be transported to the ELI-Beamilines facility in 2016.

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