Laser micromachining

ALPhANOV develops processes and systems for laser micromachining, especially based on femtosecond lasers.

Laser systems and components

ALPhANOV's expertise in optical fiber enables it to develop standard as well as custom laser sources and components.

Optical and laser systems

ALPhANOV brings together the skills to design, develop and manufacture optical and laser systems.

Medical applications for lasers

Its knowledge of the interaction between laser and living tissue enables ALPhANOV to support the development of medical and biomedical applications.
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Management team

Regroupint PhD's, engineers, and technical staff, ALPhANOV consists of three departments: micromachining, laser components and laser sources, laser and optical systems.


Director: Benoit APPERT-COLLIN

Benoit Appert-Collin graduated from the Institut d'Optique Graduate School Executive MBA and CPA ESC-Toulouse. He  began his career as a sales engineer at Photonetics. In 2002 he joined the Aquitaine region to create, along with some local actors including Professor Andre Ducasse, the new association ALPhA (Aquitaine Laser Photonics and applications). He put together the application for the seal of approval for the Route des Lasers competitiveness cluster and participated in the creation of ALPhANOV. He has been its director since its inception in 2007.


Laser Micromachining department: Rainer KLING

Rainer Kling holds a PhD from the Institute for Plasma Physics at the University of Hannover.  Before joining ALPhANOV in 2011, he ran the Department of Production and Systems Technology at Laser Zentrum (LZH) in Hanover. A recognized expert, Rainer Kling is responsible for conference sessions at ICALEO and Photonics West and consultant to the Journal of Production Engineering.

Laser sources and components department: Johan BOULLET


Since July 2015, Johan Boullet has been in charge of the component and laser sources business unit at ALPhANOV. He holds a Doctorate on fiber optics and fiber lasers, done at the Xlim laboratory. He then completed his Post-Doctorate at the CELIA laboratory in Bordeaux. This was in collaboration with regional industrialists such as Eolite Systems and Amplitude Systems on microstructured fibers for femtosecond applications.
In 2009, he became the co-founder of Azur Light Systems, supported by ALPhANOV, and where he was the R&D manager for 5 years.


Laser and optical systems department: Sébastien ERMENEUX


Sébastien Ermeneux graduated in Physical Engineering from INSA Rennes.  He also holds a PhD in laser materials, and a degree in "senior officer - Innovation and Entrepreneurship" from ESCP Europe. He joined ALPhANOV in 2007 after successive positions as Product Manager at Highwave Optical Technologies, responsible for the development of an amplifier product line at Alcatel Optronics, and in charge of marketing at Eolite Systems.


Sales and marketing department: Arnaud ZOUBIR


Arnaud Zoubir joined ALPhANOV in 2011. He  holds an engineering degree from ENSCPB, and a PhD in Optics from CREOL / University of Central Florida. His research led him to the Australian National University, and to the Osaka University.  He then went back to France where he spent five years at HORIBA Jobin Yvon as sales manager for the Research market.

A technological center in full growth

  • More than 500 contracts over 7 years
  • Located at the heart of the Route des Lasers cluster
  • A natural closeness to research laboratories and to industry
  • 30 engineers and technicians
  • A CRT (Technological Ressources Center) and a CIR (Research tax Credit) label
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