The French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) participates in ACTMOST through three research laboratories: Laboratoire Hubert Curien (CNRS-LabHC) at Saint-Etienne, Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l’Institut d’Optique (CNRS-LCFIO) at Palaiseau in the Southern part of the greater Paris area and National Centre for Technological Research (CNRS-CNRT), part of the laboratory CRISTMAT at Caen. CNRS-LabHC, CNRS-LCFIO and CNRS-CNRT are research units “unités mixtes de recherche” between CNRS and higher education and research institutions, in this case the Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne for CNRS-LabHC, the Institut d’Optique-Graduate School in cooperation with the Université Paris-Sud XI for CNRS-LCFIO, and the ENSICAEN and the University of Caen for the CNRS-CNRT.
The Institut d’Optique-Graduate School offers master training in Optics, Photonics, and Optoelectronics. It is the leader of the recently opened Erasmus Mundus Course on Optics in Science and Technology.
With a faculty and staff of 150 including doctoral students, CNRS-LCFIO conducts research in a wide variety of subjects in the fascinating field of Optics, from fundamental aspects related to conceptual advances in physics to state of the art technology in optical engineering. This includes atom optics, quantum information, nanophotonics, solid state lasers, biophotonics, non linear materials, soft X-ray optics, interferometry, high precision aspheric optics, thin films and optical systems. The laboratory operates in close cooperation with “IOTech”, an optical engineering facility devoted to industrial partnerships.
The Hubert Curien laboratory UMR CNRS 5516 of the university of Lyon at Saint Etienne hosts more than 100 co-workers in optical technologies, half of them active in laser –matter interactions and microstructuring technologies. The first domain encompasses femto-second laser machining/marking with spatial and temporal beam shaping at 800 nm wavelength, PLD as well as the spectroscopy of light induced and cured defects. The second domain comprises the physics and chemistry of nanoparticles in sol-gel host-materials and the topic of resonant gratings which represents what the laboratory offers in the framework of ACMOST. The offer is characterized by vertical integration of competences ranging from the modeling of structures and system design to the manufacturing technologies.
The National Centre for Technological Research CNRT-Matériaux is an extensively equipped technological platform, intimately linked to industry, with a core competence in material science. The CNRT-Matériaux was created in 2009 by 3 French laboratories active in the field of material science in Caen and Le Havre. The centre is well-known for its expertise in “Materials and Shaping” and has been working for many years in total synergy with industry. The CNRT-Matériaux organisation involves industrials (NXP, TOTAL-France and CMEG), research organisms (CNRS, ENSICAEN) and the Universities of Caen and Le Havre. The CNRT-Matériaux hosts 197 persons, including 107 researchers, 18 engineers, 35 technicians and 37 industrials. The underlying concept of this structure builds on technological research initiated by industry and on the stimulation of technological innovation. CNRT-Matériaux enables the transfer from laboratory to industry of new materials or new material properties discovered by fundamental research. As such it promotes the application of innovative materials in new devices.
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Dr Pierre Chavel
member, Executive Board and coordinator of "modelling and simulation" unit
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