XCAN is a joint technology development project part of a scientific partnership agreement between Thales and École Polytechnique. Both partners build on their complementary expertise and experience in laser technologies to develop a new generation of lasers. XCAN will capitalise on work conducted by École Polytechnique to apply a new scientific concept developed by several of its research teams and by Thales researchers in Palaiseau. It aims to overcome all the key scientific and technological barriers to the design and development of such an experimental laser demonstrator.
École Polytechnique’s President Jacques Biot stated: "I'm delighted by this agreement, which opens promising avenues for break-through laser technology. ‘Light and matter in extreme conditions’ is one of l'X's eight strategic fields of excellence. Our collaboration with Thales on XCAN is a perfect example of our ambition to create research initiatives in a collaborative way in selected scientific areas. It also illustrates the potential of the Paris Saclay cluster to enhance cooperation amongst its members."
Marko Erman, Chief Technical Officer of Thales, said: "This project is fully in line with the Group's strategic research roadmap based on mutually beneficial partnerships to optimise the transition between research and innovation."
Thales' optronics business, a world leader in petawatt-class lasers, expects the cooperation to bring an important breakthrough in optical efficiency, leading to significantly higher performance at lower cost and opening up new applications for laser technology.