Coordinator – Lead beneficary on WP5

Founded in 1939, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization. The CNRS research units are spread all over France, and employ a large body of permanent researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. The CNRS annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on non-military research.

As one of the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, the CNRS is involved in all scientific fields through its institutes and is largely involved in national, European, and international projects. Interdisciplinary programs and actions offer a gateway into new domains of scientific investigation and enable the CNRS to address the needs of society and industry.


The Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (LOA) is a public French laboratory under three institutions: CNRS, ENSTA-ParisTech and Ecole Polytechnique. Its research activity covers a broad spectrum of science in the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications: development of intense laser sources, laser-matter interaction and plasma physics, production of compact sources of energetic radiations and particles, multidisciplinary applications of these sources.

The ILM group

Created in 1994 the Laser Matter Interaction group (ILM) of LOA has been devoted to the nonlinear propagation of intense femtosecond laser pulses in transparent media, and in particular to the phenomenon of laser filamentation. The group has developed a large expertise in the study of filamentation, long range propagation of ultrashort laser pulses, secondary radiation produced by filament (conical white light emission, THz emission, acoustic wave generation, lasing emission from filaments in gases) and applications of the filament such as the control of electric discharge though laser filament.

The LOA team