Context : Ecole Polytechnique, in partnership with Paris 7 (Diderot) University, offers a specialty dedicated to the training of researchers and engineers with a "clean room" culture in order to design and develop next quantum devices.
In this domain of research, the boundaries between physics, chemistry, material science, biology and molecular medicine have become blurred. In this field, fundamental and applied researches enrich each other : theoretical advancements are accompanied by the progress in material science (creation of new materials, control of their elaboration) and by the realization of new and unique experimental techniques (near field microscopy, electron microscopy techniques). These advancements, awarded with several Nobel prizes, have had important consequences in fundamental physics ; today we are able to observe and manipulate single atoms or conceive quantum devices : semiconductor sources and detectors, molecular transistor, superconducting circuits for quantum information, hard disks based on giant magnetoresistance, DNA chips,….
Aims : The goal of this course is to give a high level theoretical and experimental training on different kind of quantum phenomena with a particular attention to quantum devices and nanotechnologies.
Content : The first term (September-January) includes lectures on the fundamental concepts and tools of quantum photonics and electronics in condensed matter, high-tech analysis tools (electronic microscopy, STM, AFM…), a large panorama of quantum devices and functionalized materials and proposes a series of seminars on hot research topics. The second term (January-June) details the different fields of research (Electronic transport, Spintronics, Quantum Photonics) and includes a research project.
Program Contents :
Basic courses (10x3 ECTS) :
Electrons and phonons in semiconductor heterostructures
Quantum theory of light
Statistical field theory
Introduction to photonic quantum devices
Introduction to electronic quantum devices
Nano-objets et Nanomatériaux Fonctionnels
Quantum probes for condensed matter
Experimental projects in nanosciences
Specialization Courses (4x3 ECTS) :
Devices and quantum information
Nanomagnetism and spintronics
Spins and surfaces
Internship (18 ECTS)
Further opportunities : Students, up to this both theoretical and applied training program, should integrate rapidly in academic and industrial laboratoiries (after a PhD program).
Career prospects :
Highlights : Quantum devices master's program is the unique training in Paris area adressing the needs of numerous academic (MPQ, LPA, LPN, LPMC, ONERA …) as well as industrial laboratories (Thales, St Gobain, Alcatel,…) working in clean room to the research & devlopment of the next quantum devices. The course is given by lecturers from several laboratories specializing in quantum devices and nanosystems. The training is based on a permanent interaction between students and research teams, and includes : experimental projects, guided tours of laboratories and a research project.
Last Modification : Tuesday 13 July 2010