There are five main research axes in the laboratory:
- ultra-cold atom physics,
- atom-surface interactions,
- ultra-high resolution spectroscopy,
- organic photonics,
- life-science applications of lasers.
The laboratory is operatively structured into eight groups (See here the research flow chart). Their research topics are often complementary. They are rapidly presented below through key-words. The groups’ webpages give a more detailed description of their respective projects.
> Dipolar quantum gases
Ultracold chromium atoms. Ultracold strontium atoms. Degenerate quantum gases. Bose-Einstein condensate. Fermi sea. Dipolar interactions. Quantum magnetism. Highly correlated quantum states.
> Bose-Einstein condensates
Rubidium Bose-Einstein condensates. Superfluidity in low-dimensional and annular quantum gases. Atom chip for sodium.
> Interferometry and optics for atoms
Quantum coherence of atomic waves. Beams of metastable rare gas atoms. Atom optics at nanometric scale. Interactions of atoms with micro- and nano-structured surfaces. Stern-Gerlach atom interferometry.
> Atomic spectroscopy at interfaces
Atomic spectroscopy close to a surface. Van der Walls and Casimir-Polder interactions. Effect of a non-zero temperature. Confinement of atoms within opals and ultra-thin vapor cells. Interaction between an atom and a Laguerre-Gauss beam. Nano-optics. Quasi-forbidden transitions. Chiral properties.
> Metrology, molecules and fundamental tests
Ultra-high resolution molecular spectroscopy. Test of parity non-conservation. Optical frequency metrology. Frequency reference transfer. Theoretical methods in atomic interferometry. Optical determination of the Boltzmann constant. Stabilization of visible and IR lasers.
> Biomolecules and spectroscopy
Biomolecular complexes. IRMPD spectroscopy. Biomolecular source for mass spectrometry. Biomolecular modeling. Hydrogen bond. Specific biomolecular recognition. Laser desorption on microdroplets. Quantum Chemistry calculations and intermolecular force fields.
> Organic photonics and nanostructures
Organic light sources. Organic lasers. Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Optimization of light sources by nano-structuration.
> Optical random media
Light propagation in complex scattering media. Development of new methods for medical diagnosis.