Solid-State Lasers
for Science, Industry, Space and Defence

For more than 30 years, Thales has been a world leader in design, development and manufacturing of high energy nanosecond lasers and high intensity, ultra-short Ti:Sa femtosecond lasers.
Beyond the exceptional technical performances, THALES development trend is to provide the most reliable and easy-to-use system.
Thales proposes a wide range of lasers solutions for the most demanding applications:
  • Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF and Glass Phosphate Nanosecond Lasers.
  • Custom or standard Ti:Sa Femtosecond Systems (high peak power and high average power)


Scientific News

  July 2017 - ELI NP has generated its first photons !
Thales Group - ELI NP facility
Thales laser installation has started and the customer has witnessed the first lasing effects. Thales is proud to help the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in conducting theoretical and experimental research with the unique, state of the art high peak power laser system. This 2x10 PetaWatt laser system will support research in nuclear physics and further contribute to the human understanding of the physics of matter.

In just over two years, Thales has developed a solution that will enable the achievement of a peak power record of 10PW. In August 2016 Thales started the delivery of the first equipment in the Magurele site in Romania.
To date, more than 220 tons of materials, including the assembly of 65 optical tables and various vacuum chambers were installed in a clean room of 2400 m² dedicated to the Thales system.
The first laser effects were obtained in April 2017 with the installation of the two Front Ends and the achievement of the first performances including preliminary amplification work.
The ELI NP project is therefore the first site of the three ELI pillars to generate photons !

  May 2017 -  Strathclyde University acquires one the world's most powerful lasers from Thales.
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One of the world’s most powerful lasers – designed and built by Thales – capable of bursts of light equivalent to twenty times all the power consumed on Earth in fraction of a second – has been acquired by the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Gregor Welsh, a Research Fellow in Strathclyde’s Department of Physics and Laser Manager of SCAPA, said: “This is a world-leading laser for any university – indeed, we believe it is the highest average powered lab-based laser of its type anywhere in the world. It acts as a light source which drives the applications and produces x-ray pulses that are short enough to take snapshots of molecular or solid state processes.”   

The laser has numerous scientific applications including medical imaging, radiotherapy and generation of radioisotopes for imaging and cancer therapy. It has been installed by Thales at the Strathclyde-based Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA), which delivers research into next-generation accelerators and radiation technology.

Beginning of last year, Thales has won a contract for the delivery of a 2 x 100TW laser system to the Weizmann Institute of  Science, the Israeli multidisciplinary institute of  fundamental research.
Thales Group - Israeli Research Institute laser
Thales laser system will allow research teams to study the applications of intense laser in the following areas:
  • Laser plasma interaction in the relativistic regime with the development of compact accelerators for producing energetic particle and radiation beams
  • Medical with the treatment of cancers or the medical imaging with advanced laser based accelerators
On the picture, you can see the institute’s conventional  linear accelerator, no longer in use, underneath which Thales’ laser system will be located and used to propose more compact particle accelerator solutions.
For more information, you can consult the dedicated webpage on the Weizmann institute’s site.

Back in 2016, the laser activity of the Group won a contract in China for the delivery of a 200TW system.
Thales Group - 200TW
The laser system is intended for South West Jiaotong University in Chengdu.
A research group made up of members of the institute of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics purchased the laser that is meant to be used for scientific and fundamental research. The work will study the dynamic response of condensed material when it is subject to rapid compression.

Thales wins a laser contract with the University of Munich for a 3PW amplifier

Thales has been chosen by the University of Munich to supply the final amplification stage for ATLAS 3000.
The ATLAS 3000 system, developed by the Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA)* in Munich, is a high-intensity laser system rated at 3 PetaWatts. ATLAS 3000 comprises three sections:
  • a front end, with an initial amplification stage,
  • a second amplification subassembly, supplied by Thales,
  • and a compressor.
As part of this two-year programme, Thales is responsible for the advanced research and engineering phases and subsequent installation at the CALA facility in Garching, just north of Munich.
The ATLAS 3000 experimentation system will be used for particle acceleration to support medical research into the diagnosis and treatment of cancers.
*Joint research facility operated by Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Technical University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute in Garching.

Spatial News

Thales has been awarded the title of Laser of the Future by the French National Space Agency (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales – CNES) whereby Thales will develop the laser for the SUPERCAM instrument intended for the 2020 mission to Mars.
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Relying on the success of the CHEMCAM programme, Thales’s SUPERCAM, an improved laser allowing an additional spectroscopic function - called RAMAN spectroscopy, has been selected by the CNES for a 2 year program that started in May 2015 after a 5 month development phase.
Thales’s work with CNES, developing SUPERCAM, an instrument used for matter analysis, uses the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) principle: whereby a high power laser heats the matter into vapour. A spectroscopic camera then identifies each chemical component.
With a record of 500,000 shots, CHEMCAM is a real success !

500,000 shots & 5 years on Mars already !
Our robust ChemCam laser has exceeded CNES & NASA’s expectations!
The Thales CHEMCAM Laser, is currently in operation on Mars onboard the Curiosity Rover. More than just scientific equipment, CHEMCAM acts as an eye for Curiosity allowing the rover to choose the right direction.
NASA's Mars Curiosity mission met its main goal of determining whether the Martian Gale Crater ever was habitable for simple life forms. The answer, a historic "yes", came from two mudstone slabs that the rover sampled with its drill. Simply stated, thanks to its Thales spatial laser, ChemCam is telling us what the rocks that Curiosity has encountered since landing are made of. The primary objectives of ChemCam are to rapidly analyze rocks and soil to determine their compositions and to identify samples that would be of greatest interest to scientists for analysis by other instruments onboard Curiosity.

Industrial News

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The GAIA-I pushes forward the limits of output energy reachable at high repetition rates with high reliability, and unprecedented pulse stability.
GAIA-I combines the best characteristics for many industrial applications: pulse duration and high energy to offer high intensity pulses, very low modulations to have uniform stress, a high repetition rate for a faster process, unprecedented energy and beam pointing stability.


  • Industry Applications
  • Science Applications
  • R&D Activity and Large programs
    As a key player on the Scientific Laser Marketplace, Thales has a large R&D activity to constantly release innovative solutions on the markets.


SPIE Photonics West

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The premier photonics and laser event
28th January -  2nd February 2017, San Francisco, USA


Laser World of Photonics CHINA

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China’s platform for the photonics community
March 14-16, 2017, Shanghai New International Expo Centre



The 3rd targetry for high repetition rate laser-driven sources

21st - 23rd June 2017, Collegio Fonseca Salamanca, SPAIN


Paris Air Show

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The largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world

19th - 25th June 2017, Le Bourget, France


Laser World Of Photonics

The international trade fair for Photonics Components, Systems and Applications
Laser World of Photonics Munich 2017

26th - 29th June 2017, Munich, GERMANY


CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017

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Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference
25th-29th June 2017, Munich, GERMANY


ATTO 2017

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The 6th International Conference on Attosecond Physics

2nd - 7th July 2017, Xi'an, CHINE


Plasma Physics  by Laser and Applications 2017

Thales Group - PPLA 2017

5th - 7th July 2017, University of Messina, ITALY


ELI-France Users Workshop

Thales Group - ELI Users Workshop

5th - 7th July 2017, Paris, FRANCE




12th - 14th July 2017, Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN



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The premier international technology and trade event for the micro & nano-electonics manufacturing community

12th - 14th July 2017, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA


International Symposium "Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics" 2017

Thales Group - NWP 2017
22nd - 28th July 2017, cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, RUSSIA


IBS Conference on Laser Plasma Accelerators 2017

Thales Group - IBS conference

27th August – 1st September 2017, Jeju Island, KOREA



ELISS 2017

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2nd edition of the ELI Summer School
27th August – 1st September 2017, Carpathian Mountains, ROMANIA


Our customers in the Industrial, Scientific, Defence and Space markets


Industrial market

  • The  GAIA I laser, delivering more than 7 J at 532  nm at 5 Hz , is the new generation of high energy Nd:YAG laser  ruggedized for industrial applications
  • THALES lasers are also used in many industrial fields, such as: semiconductor, OLED Manufacturing, photovoltaics industries, automotive, aeronautics, ... 
Thales Group - CEA
Thales Group - CNRS
Thales Group - DESY
Thales Group - INFLPR
Thales Group - ELI NP
Thales Group - JULICH
Thales Group - GIST
Thales Group - Gvt of India
Thales Group - IFIN-HH
Thales Group - INRS
Thales Group - IPCMS
Thales Group - JAEA
Thales Group - LBNL
Thales Group - LOA
Thales Group - LULI
Thales Group - Peking Uni
Thales Group - Polytechnique
Thales Group - Riken Harima
Thales Group - RRCAT
Thales Group - SLAC
Thales Group - Southwest Jiaotong University
Thales Group - Strathclyde Univesity
Thales Group - Tokyo University
Thales Group - Tsinghua University
Thales Group - Munich University
Thales Group - Nebraska Lincoln University
Thales Group - USC
Thales Group - Weizmann Institute
Thales Group - ASTRIUM
Thales Group - NASA


Thales is proud to mention that the Bella project won 2 world-class awards in 2012 and 2013 and that its laser activity was recognized as the most innovative technology within the group in 2014.

« 2012 Engineer of the year Award » (L’Usine Nouvelle and Industrie Technologie)

Thales Group - Prix des ingénieurs

« Prix pour la science” for the Bella laser - “Science award” for the Bella laser

December 2012, Paris, France

Every year, "Usine Nouvelle » and « Industrie et Technologies" organises “the Engineer of the year Award” to honour outstanding engineers.

IPMA Project Excellence Award (27th IPMA World Congress)

Thales Group - IPMA

Gold Winner in Award Category Project Excellence in Big-Sized Projects

October 2013, Dubrovnick, Croatia

IPMA Awards ensures managing project is recognized for its value.

Thales Innovation Awards (Thales group competition)

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Gold Award in the Innovative Technologies category for the PetaWatt laser solutions

June 2014, Jouy en Josas, France

Every year, Thales recognizes the best innovations of the year through the Thales Innovation Awards.

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