XCELS project meets the European photonics industry

03 April, 2018

On 11 and 12 December 2017, the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) organized, on the premises of Institut “Henri Poincaré” in Paris (France), a workshop on the Involvement of European Industry in the XCELS project.

Discussions among the participants at the 2-day workshop on the Involvement of European Industry in the XCELS project. Credit: CEA.

Fifteen participants from nine institutions, among which seven companies active in the optics and laser field, have responded to the invitation to join this 2-day workshop. In addition to the representatives of the XCELS project form the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and those of the CEA Paris-Saclay hosting the meeting, representatives of the following companies actively contributed to the workshop: Amplitude Technologies, ISP System, EKSPLA, Horiba Jobin Yvon, PHASICS, SourceLAB, and THALES Optronique.

The first part of the workshop was dedicated to the detailed presentation of the XCELS project by the Russian promoters from the IAP. The various talks highlighted the project location, overall schedule and current progress, as well as its scientific case and main technological challenges anticipated in the project implementation. A list of aspects where academic and industrial partners from Europe could potentially contribute was presented as a starting point for the discussions. The second part of the workshop included the presentation by the participating companies’ representatives of the main past achievements of their companies, of their production capabilities, and of possible ways of involvement in the implementation of the XCELS project.

The event was very good starting point, as with this occasion first contacts have been established between the promoters of XCELS and the represented companies. Possibilities for cooperation with European companies will be further explored during the first phase of the XCELS project, when a 2-channel high-power laser prototype will be built as a demonstrator.


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