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Dr. Franςois SYLLA CV download

Photo François SYLLA…is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris (ESPCI-Paristech), with major in physics, and of the Imperial College of London (MSc in Optics and Photonics) in 2007.

While graduating, he carried out several research internships in Optics and Photonics in academic and industrial institutions (ESPCI in Pr Claude Boccara’s group in France, Blackett Laboratory in Pr Zulfikar Najmudin’s group in Great Britain, Royal Philips Electronics in The Netherlands).

With Prof. Victor Malka, he developed an exploratory approach of laser-plasma interaction in the near-critical regime from dense gas jets at the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée during his PhD studies.

In 2011, he obtained his PhD degree in Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique in France for the experimental investigation of “Ion acceleration from laser-plasma interaction  in underdense to near-critical regime – wakefield effects and associated plasma structures”.


  • gas jet for laser-plasma interaction
  • ion acceleration in underdense to near-critical regime
  • high-resolution plasma imaging in time and space


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Guillaume BOUCHON

Photo Guillaume BOUCHON…is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in France.

He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a special degree in Finance Engineering.

Since then, he has been working for consulting companies, supporting major international actors (Alstom, Air France, EADS, …) within their operational transformation. In this context, he has been managing teams on transformation plans on various subjects such as: operations, supply chain, purchasing & procurement, logistics, etc.


Dr. Aurélien RICCI  CV download

…graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (2005) where he specialized in Physics. He also graduated from ICL (MSc in Optics and Photonics) in 2009, where he particularly worked on few-cycle pulse generation via the hollow-core fiber compression technique (internship in Pr. John Tisch’s group, Blackett Laboratory).

During his PhD in Dr. Rodrigo LOPEZ-MARTENS group at the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (LOA), he developped a new 1-kHz-repetition rate laser chain for high-harmonics generation from solid targets in the relativistic regime.

Among his achievements

  • conception of a wave-guided scheme for pulse cleaning and shortening via cross-polarized wave generation
  • demonstration of a carrier-envelope-phase-compatible chirped pulse amplification design featuring a bulk stretcher and a grism compressor
  • generation of isolated attosecond pulses from solid target via the lighthouse effect

In June 2013, he obtained the PhD degree for the “Development of an ultra-short, carrier-to-envelope phase-stable, high-contrast laser source for high repetition rate relativistic optics”.