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Laser Physics Laboratory is affiliated both to CNRS and to University Paris 13. We study the interactions between light and matter.

Our experiments range from the most fundamental aspects of basic science to applied research: quantum physicsatomic and molecular physicsoptical devicesbiomedical imaging...

The lab is structured into eight experimental research teams, four shops and an administrative department. It is composed of about seventy-five people (10 CNRS full-time researchers, 30 university teaching staff members, a technical staff of 15 people, about 20 PhD students and post-docs), plus several short-term trainees and foreign visitors.

Olivier Gorceix,
Director of laboratory


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Tailoring atom-surface interaction with optical meta-materials

Fig. 1Experiments that demonstrate active engineering of atom-surface interactions by the use of nanostructures were performed in the frame of a collaboration between Athanasios Laliotis and Matial Ducloy of the group SAI of LPL and the group of David Wilkowski, in the Nanyang Technical University (NTU) of Singapour.

Using nanofabrication techniques, the authors have imprinted an array of holes onto a metallic nanolayer deposited on a dielectric glass surface. Changing the size and periodicity of the nanostructures (meta-materials) allows tuning of the plasmonic resonance of the surface. The authors have subsequently measured the Casimir-Polder interaction of cesium atoms with the metamaterials using selective reflection spectroscopy. The experiments demonstrated that tuning the plasmonic resonance of the meta-material around the atomic transition of cesium atoms strongly modifies the Casimir-Polder interaction. The possibility of shaping quantum vacuum forces with metamaterials can have important applications for trapping and controlling trapped quantum emitters at nanometric distances away from surfaces.

This work is published in Sciences Advances et available on arXiv:1606.07990.

Update of our organizational charts

You will find here our new research flow chart and a new flow chart.

Opening of a Master’s programme in Photonics for Data Network and Metrology

Location: Politecnico di Torino

High-level training in photonic data networks and time-frequency metrology, supported by the European Union through the project H2020-INFRAINNOV-CLONETS, to which collaborate the LPL and several partners from the Labex First-TF.

Applicants must have completed a master degree.

Courses in English, validation of 69 ECTS, 250 h internship.

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