Thales Group’s businesses are primarily dedicated to critical information systems for aerospace, defence and security applications. Thales commits a very significant proportion of its revenues to research and development (R&D). Upstream research at the central laboratories, managed by TRT, accounts for 3% of total R&D and employs 220 full-time staff, and some 30 doctoral students and 50 outside scientists. The Physics Research Group within TRT France has a two decades long record in the field of optical signal processing and nanophotonic devices.
Infrastructures and Equipment
Dedicated to nanophotonics and all-optical signal processing: 70 GHz sampling oscilloscope, 40 GHz electric spectrum analyser, 2 Optical spectrum analyser, passive and active mode-locked laser, 4 tuneable lasers, pump-probe time-resolved technique, RF synthesisers, 2 infrared camera, 4 nanopositioning setup, hi-res. (10 MHz) transm. spectroscopy. The laboratory is fully equipped for microwaves (amplifiers, fast detector, modulators), a VNA (virtual network analyzer >60 GHz) and fiber optics. Dedicated 72 cores computing cluster to be upgraded in 2018. Commercial and in-house software for optical, electromagnetic, thermal and semiconductor modelling. TRT is equipped with a 1600 sqm clean room (2 ICP, 1 elec beam writer, RIE, metal coating, sputtering, etc.).