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«International Workshop on Active Imaging » - 18th-19th November 2015


The fifth Workshop on Active Imaging will take place on November 18 and 19, 2015 , hosted by the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL).

This workshop shall bring together researchers, operational staff, state representatives and industrial experts from different countries. It will enable participants to share current information and hopefully facilitate future collaborations.

Active-imaging systems, i.e. systems that employ an illumination source, are becoming more and more prevalent. Recent progress in component technology coupled with increased processing capability, have caused a surge in the development and implementation of laser-based imaging systems for diverse military or civilian applications.

Presentations are solicited in the following areas:

operational needs (military and security aspects) modeling, simulation and data processing novel component technologies for illumination and sensor aspects demonstrations and applications of active-imaging systems advanced techniques : polarization, multiwavelength or spectral imaging, 3D imaging…

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The ISL inaugurated its new trisonic wind tunnel


Inauguration of the ISL new trisonic Wind TunnelOn Thursday the 25th of June 2015, the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis inaugurated its new trisonic wind tunnel. Due to its technical characteristics, the new wind tunnel is an exceptional scientific facility in the region. The wind speed can be varied from Mach 0.5, which corresponds to the speed of a train, to Mach 4.5, i.e. more than 5 500 km/h. The new facility is therefore particularly suitable for testing reduced-scale objects or objects of moderate full-scale size such as missiles and artillery shells. Thanks to the three functioning modes (subsonic, transonic, and supersonic), projectiles can be tested in varying conditions in the test section of 30cm x 40cm during blow-down tests  of up to 60 seconds. Hence, the novel ISL wind tunnel is  of great interest to ISL since it allows to address the ISL’s specific needs and to conduct tests at lower costs. Industrial partners and other research institutes  have already expressed their interest to use this windtunnel for their tests.

The ISL new trisonic wind tunnel was built up within two years at a cost of less than 5...

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Annual Report 2014


The new scientific annual report 2014 has been published recently.
In  2014, ISL celebrated 55 years of French-German research for security and defense. 55 years young  - with a strong strategic approach, a rejuvenated  research staff and a research portfolio setting its priorities to national requirements in France and Germany.

ISL research has been streamlined and  its organizational structure concentrates on four core areas:

Energetic and advanced protective materials, Flight techniques for projectiles, Laser and electromagnetic technologies, Protection technologies, security and situational awareness.

Beyond thematic focuses, multidisciplinary and synergetic, cross-cutting approaches are highly fostered and benefit from the variety of scientific disciplines co-localized at ISL.

ISL Annual Report 2014


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The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis is a binational research institute established by the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the basis of a treaty signed in 1958. The core mission of ISL is: "Research, scientific studies and basic predevelopment in the field of defense and security.

The classical working areas of ISL include: laser-matter interaction, laser development, detonics, perforation, protection, ballistics, the environment and protection of the soldier, acoustics, power electronics, high-power microwaves, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, optronics, sensors.

ISL has reinforced its activities on issues of civil security and countermeasures against terrorism encountered both at home and during overseas military operations.

The institute is situated in Southern Alsace near the German and Swiss borders.

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