The French president, Emmanuel Macron, visited our lab, January, 21st


May 5, 2021

Taking inspiration from the brain to alleviate catastrophic forgetting in artificial intelligence

For several years now, artificial intelligence has made considerable progress thanks to the implementation of deep learning: computer programs called deep artificial neural networks are …

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March 19, 2021

Helium Ions Put Magnetic Skyrmions on the Track

Magnetic skyrmions are deemed to be the forerunners of novel spintronic applications. Due to their nanometric size and predicted efficient current-induced manipulation, magnetic skyrmions hold …

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June 23, 2021

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March 18, 2021

Rémy Braive is a finalist for the Jean Jerphagnon Prize 2020

This prize is awarded to scientists proposing an innovative project and strongly involved in technological innovation and the dissemination of optics and photonics in any …

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March 25, 2021

Measuring topological properties of graphene

The discovery of topological phases of matter, which was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics, has profoundly impacted our understanding of condensed matter. The …

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March 12, 2021

Sylvia Matzen, Médaille de bronze CNRS 2021

After an engineering degree from the E.S.P.C.I. school (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris) and a master in Materials Science and …

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April 7, 2021

Silicon photonic on-chip spatial heterodyne Fourier transform spectrometer exploiting the Jacquinot’s advantage


Silicon photonics on-chip spectrometers are finding important applications in medical diagnostics, pollution monitoring, and astrophysics. Spatial heterodyne Fourier transform spectrometers (SHFTSs) provide a particularly …

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April 29, 2021

The photo entitled "Bouquet of slugs" awarded at the SEMPA France Days

This photo, of a gold electrolyte deposit, entitled Slug salad, was taken at C2N on the MAGELLAN microscope by Christophe Dupuis. It was awarded at …

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May 3, 2021

Manufacturing of 3D Helical Microswimmer by AFM Micromanipulation for Microfluidic Applications

Manufacturing of microsystems based on complex three-dimensional microstructures requires critical steps such as mass calibrations and integration process. However, such steps involve several manipulation steps …

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June 15, 2021

Discovering the origins of the universe with the QUBIC telescope

QUBIC (QU Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology) is a cosmology experiment designed to study the so-called inflation period, a period during which the Universe expanded extremely …

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The centre develops research in the fields of material science, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnologies and microsystems, as well as in nanotechnologies. Its research activites cover all the range from fondamental to applied science.

The scientific project revolves around 10 major scientific challenges which are common to the 4 departments and federate research within the laboratory.

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Each year, researchers, engineers and technicians from around the world apply for CNRS or Paris-Saclay University positions to carry out their activity at C2N.

A number of internship, PhD position and Post-doc opportunities are also open at C2N.

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The C2N gathers 3 plateforms into the Technology Facility and 3 platforms of expertise in instrumentation and characterization (optical and multiphysics).

The C2N Technology Facility belongs to the national nanofabrication network (Renatech network).

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    23/Mar/2021 - 2 p.m.

    Some key issues to model and characterize thermoelectric devices - Materials Department Seminar

    By Philippe LECOEUR

    Thermoelectricity has attracted the interest of the scientific community since its first observation by Thomas Seebeck in 1823. As a prototype of the most recent …

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    09/Apr/2021 - 2 p.m.

    Integrated Lithium Niobate Photonics for Communication, Sensing and Quantum applications

    By Marko LONCAR

    Lithium niobate (LN) is an “old” material with many applications in optical and microwave technologies, owing to its unique properties that include large second order …

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    21/May/2021 - 10 a.m.

    Exploring antiferromagnetic order at the nanoscale with a single spin microscope

    By Vincent JACQUES

    Experimental methods allowing for the detection of single spins in the solid-state, which were initially developed for quantum information science, open new avenues for the …

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    04/Jun/2021 - 10 a.m.

    Addressing plasmonic hot-spots: from DNA-based self-assembly to far-field wavefront shaping

    By Sébastien BIDAULT

    Light-matter interactions in condensed media at room-temperature are fundamentally limited by electron-phonon coupling. For instance, while the excitation cross-section of an isolated atom, or of …

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    25/Jun/2021 - 10 a.m.

    Synthesis of (111)-oriented perovskite oxides and the role of antiferromagnetic spin structure on magnetic reconstructions at ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic perovskite interfaces

    By Thomas TYBELL

    Perovskite oxides are technologically interesting because of their strong structure-property coupling, with interesting functional properties ranging from ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity to high-temperature superconductivity. Here I will give …

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    15/Jul/2021 - 5 p.m.

    Towards Quantum Communication with Entangled Photons from Quantum Dots

    By Rinaldo Trotta

    The prospect of using the quantum nature of light for long distance quantum communication keeps spurring the search and investigation of suitable sources of entangled …

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    PhD defense
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    08/Jul/2021 - 2 p.m.

    Diameter engineering in III-V nanowire heterostructures - Experiments and modelling


    Jury members

    M. Jean-Noël AQUA, maître de conférences, HDR, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, Sorbonne Université, Examinateur

    M. Vladimir G. DUBROVSKII, professeur, Saint Petersburg State …

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    16/Jul/2021 - 10 a.m.

    Quantum purity and symmetry control of single-photon sources based on semiconductor quantum dots

    By Hélène Ollivier

    Quantum dots are a key building block for quantum technologies as they are able to generate single photons or entangled photon pairs. The deterministic fabrication …

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    16/Jul/2021 - 2 p.m.

    (in french) Etude et réalisation d’un microdispositif magnéto-fluidique pour la capture et la détection de cytokines modèles TNF-α en fluorescence

    By Etienne LABORIE

    Membres du jury

    Carole CHAIX (rapporteur & examinatrice), Directrice de recherche, Université de Lyon (ISA)

    Benoit CHARLOT (rapporteur & examinateur),Directeur de recherche, Université de Montpellier (IES) …

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    HdR defense
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    14/Apr/2021 - 9:30 a.m.

    (in french) De la croissance des nanofils III-Nitrures à la fabrication de générateurs piézoélectriques architecturés aux échelles nanométriques


    Jury memebers:

    Morral Anna, Professeur à l’EPFL, Suisse

    Leprince-Wang Yamin, Professeur à l’Université Gustave Eiffel, laboratoire ESYCOM, France

    Legrand Bernard, Directeur de Recherche CNRS, LAAS, France

    Monroy Eva, …

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    09/Jul/2021 - 2 p.m.

    (in french) Contribution aux systèmes électromécaniques d’actionnement et de mesure

    By Emile Martincic

    Résumé des travaux

    Si des solutions à des problèmes pratiques ont été imaginées depuis des centaines, voire des milliers d’années, les micro-nano-technologies ont offert plus …

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