Thales is one of the world premier professional electronics groups
and a major player in numerous commercial markets. It has a revenue
of over € 12 billion, 65,000 employees and is present in over
40 countries. Thales Research and Technology formerly Thomson-CSF
LCR, located near Paris, is the main multidisciplinary research
unit of the Thales group.
With over 250 highly skilled staff, 13000 sq. m of
labs of which 1700 sq. m of clean rooms, its research teams perform
pioneering work in the most advanced areas of optics & optoelectronics,
electronic components for microwave applications, advanced interconnect
and packaging, materials, software architecture and cognitive science.
In addition to R&D activities, TRT also provides
scientific and technical advice, expertise or services for the company.
It has been participating in or leading numerous research programs,
either domestic or EU-funded, in the frame of ACTS, TELEMATICS,
ESPRIT, BRITE-EURAM, TIDE, GROWTH, IST, NMP.
In the Laser & Nonlinear Optics Laboratory, research
has been active on Quasi-Phase Matching since 1989, and on orientation-patterned
GaAs for IR applications since 1993. The lab presently holds a dominant
position in this new promising field. Initially targeted for short
pulse generation in the transparency bands of the atmosphere, preferably
relying on 1 or 1.5 µm pumping lasers, OP-GaAs crystals have
proved limited in such operation regimes by a detrimental coefficient
of two-photon absorption. MIRSURG requirements, free from those
limitations, represent a unique opportunity for TRT to valorize
and ultimately exploit the significant know-how obtained to date
in terms of crystal fabrication and therefore constitute a strong