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CALA: Starting with a table

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The time has come: interior work at the new Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA) has begun! The first laser tables have arrived and been hoisted by crane into the hall. Even the smallest of the tables weighs around 800 kilograms; the largest about 1.2 tons. On these tables, the post-amplifier will be set up to convert the ATLAS 300 Laser into the ATLAS 3000 Laser. With a capacity of three petawatts, this will be the primarylight source for the laser-driven experiments at CALA.