In the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique signed on Nov 6, 2019 in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People a strategic Agreement for future cooperation in Scientific Research in the area of Physics.
In support of Peking University’s ambitions to fulfill China's “National Major Science and Technology Infrastructure Project” and develop “Laser-Driven Multi-Beam Facilities” at Beijing Huairou Science City, this agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics, setting a solid foundation for future cooperation in Scientific Research between France and China.
These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gérard Mourou, professor at École Polytechnique, and in particular CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification), for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018. Gerard Mourou’s work is the fruit of a longstanding laser research partnership between his laboratory and Thales, whose leading laser technology pushes forward every day the use of CPA to new boundaries.
“Thales has a great experience in fostering cooperation with internationally renowned research laboratories and institutions. We are therefore delighted to develop this collaboration and help scientific research in China. As a trusted partner to Chinese industries in aerospace, transportation and digital identity and security, Thales actively supports the strengthening cooperation on scientific research in physics with Peking University, one of most renowned universities in China.” Pascale Sourisse, President, Thales International.
Thales is a leader in laser technologies thanks to three decades of collaboration experience with ninety research teams across the world. This includes the world’s most powerful laser facility, Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), developed and commissioned in Romania through an EU project for a two time 10 petawatt (1 PW = 10 W) laser system.
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Photo : Huairou Science City - Photo credit: Beijing Huairou Science City Management Committee