Monday, October 15, 2007


When I wrote about the Nobel Prize in physics awarded to Albert Fert, I was critical of France's lack of intermediary research facilities capable of moving laboratory discoveries into industrial production. I should have waited. The October issue of Photonics Spectra arrived today with an article about the "Route des Lasers" around Bordeaux and the active partnership of a number of industrial laser firms and universities on the Megajoule Laser project. This is part of un pôle de compétitivité and is a good example of the kind of development that can be fostered by well-planned partnerships of government, universities, and industry.

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