This name change was the subject of a ceremony held on Monday December 4th, 2023 at the Thales Research & Technology center in Palaiseau.

On this occasion, we were honored to welcome Sylvie RETAILLEAU, Minister of Higher Education and Research, as well as Philippe KERYER, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Research and Technology, Thales, Antoine PETIT, Chairman and CEO of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Estelle Iacona, President of the Université Paris-Saclay, representatives of the laboratory’s three supervisory bodies.

We were also delighted to welcome over 150 guests, former laboratory members, collaborators and friends. The day was an opportunity to present the laboratory’s various research activities and platforms, and to listen to a lecture by Albert Fert entitled “Spins and Beyond”.

The creation of this joint unit between Thales and CNRS dates back to 1995, the fruit of an exceptional collaboration between Albert Fert’s team at Paris-Sud University and Alain Friederich’s physics group at Thomson-CSF’s central research laboratory. This laboratory is a remarkable example of a fruitful synergy between academia and an industrial partner.

The DNA of the Laboratoire Albert Fert is to draw on fundamental research in spintronics, superconductivity, oxytronics and neuromorphic physics to develop innovative applications in information and communication, quantum technologies and beyond-CMOS electronics.