• In the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, Thales is greatly honored to sign a strategic Cooperation Agreement with Peking University and École Polytechnique for future cooperation on scientific research;
• This agreement aims to fully integrate international teams and strengths, promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics;
• 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.
In the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique signed a strategic Agreement for future cooperation in Scientific Research in the area of Physics. The signature took place today in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People.
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”, 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 = 1015 W) laser system.
Thales (thalesgroup.com) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto).
Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.
About Thales in China
Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China’s growth. The Group has been present in China for more than 30 years and is the trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. In the meanwhile, from secure software to biometrics and encryption, Thales has successfully applied its advanced technology to mobile communication, banking, IoT and software monetization etc. Thales has 3 JVs and employs 2,300 people with offices locatedin 8 cities in China. Thales established R&D centers and Innovation Hubs in Beijing, Dalian and Hong Kong to provide innovative solutions for both China and international market.
Peking University (pku.edu.cn) is a comprehensive and national key university. Its outstanding faculty includes 48 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 9 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 21 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning. It aims for one ofthe world's best universities in the future.
About École Polytechnique
École Polytechnique (polytechnique.edu) is a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its curriculum promotes a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.