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Project : ESCAPADE


Project name: ESCAPADE (French acronym for new bipolar ultra-large-bandwidth  pulsed power source for medical and defense applications)

Object: Bipolar high voltage pulse generation for medical and military applications

Start date: February 12, 2019

End date: February 11, 2022

Coordinator: Laboratoire SIAME / UPPA

Scientific manager at the SIAME: PECASTAING Laurent

Permanent members of the SIAME involved: RIVALETTO Marc, SILVESTRE de FERRON Antoine

Type de contract: ANR ASTRID

Partner(s) :  UMR Vectorologie Thérapeutiques Anti-cancéreuses/IGR/VillejuifXLIM/BriveCEA/GramatP3G/Loughborough University 


Project description                   

The objective of the ESCAPADE project is, through the development of an impulse source associated with an electromagnetic wave emission system, both:

- to explore a new medical approach that would allow deep tumours to be treated non-invasively by reversible electroporation,

- to neutralize improvised explosive devices, or any target containing electronics, by disrupting or destroying the electronics of their activation or communication system at several tens of meters, without having to know these targets.

The pulse source consists of a pulse generator that delivers bipolar signals with very high voltage gradients. Depending on the application, the antennas associated with this pulse source will differ. For medical applications, it will be an inductive near-field antenna. While, for the IED neutralization application, a broadband antenna supporting very high peak powers will be developed. The objective here is to radiate an intense electromagnetic field several tens of meters from the source.