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New agreement between the Applied Optics Laboratory and the Weizmann Institute

On the occasion of a conference held in Israel on June 27-28, 2018, l’X, CNRS and ENSTA ParisTech, joint initiators and backers of the Laboratory of Applied Optics, and the Weizmann Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and promote cooperation in research initiatives.

With the France-Israel Season inaugurated by French President Emmanuel Macron on June 6, 2018, many events are being organized to promote cooperation between the two states. June 27-28, the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) hosted scientists from CNRS and École Polytechnique Research Center for a conference. The aim of the conference was to present recent achievements in laser related science, while fostering exchanges and cooperation among scientists from the Plateau de Saclay and from the WIS.

On this occasion, the WIS and the Laboratory of Applied Optics (LOA, a joint research unit, or UMR, ENSTA ParisTech, CNRS, and École Polytechnique) affirmed their intention to work together by signing a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing exchanges among the scientists and students of the two entities, and promoting joint research initiatives for a period of 5 years.

Representatives of the four institutions, Patrick MASSIN, director of education and research at ENSTA ParisTech, Alain Schuhl, deputy managing science director at CNRS, Michal Neeman, vice president of the WIS and Jacques Biot, president of École Polytechnique, met at the French embassy on June 27, 2018 to sign the agreement in the presence of Hélène le Gal, French ambassador to Israel.

Enhancing research on laser-plasma acceleration

The partnerships between the WIS and the LOA were initiated by Victor Malka, formerly CNRS research director at the LOA, after becoming professor in the Physics of Complex Systems Department of the WIS in 2015. His research is focused on laser-plasma accelerators, a concept invented more than 30 years ago to obtain particle beams with unique properties. Very energetic, extremely bright and tunable in energy, laser-plasma accelerators open the way to multiple applications in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, chemistry, biology, and materials science.

The goal of the cooperation between the WIS and the LOA is to develop research for biomedical applications, including the treatment of cancer, diagnostic imaging, and the study of the biology of tumors. To enhance this cooperation, Victor Malka has set up a new laboratory in the WIS, built to be dedicated to these subjects.

> To learn more, watch Victor Malka’s presentation of laser-plasma acceleration for treating cancer at l’X at a Research Thursdays on February 1, 2018.