"Physics Now" Seminars 2020/2021

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Here you can find information about your internships:
Experimental Internship - Undergraduate program
Master ICFP first year Internship

News : ICFP Research seminars
November 16 - 20, 2020 :

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Contact us - Student support and Graduate School office :
Tél : 01 44 32 35 60
enseignement@phys.ens.fr

Having a broad view of the main current research topics is difficult but crucial to choose
the internship and PhD subjects, and more generally the research directions in physics.
During the first semester, a series of seminars “Physics Now” will allow the M2 ICFP students
to broad their knowledge on the current hot topics in physics and get information on
research groups and themes in France and abroad.

Seminars are organised for each program; students of one program are welcome to attend
the seminars of another if the schedule permits.

Schedule of the Seminars

 “Theoretical Physics Now”

November 10th at 11:30am : zoom meeting
Marc Henneaux - Collège de France

The challenge of quantum gravity and some ideas currently pursued to overcome it

Abstract: The talk will review some major difficulties forbidding a quantization of the gravitational field along conventional lines. The ideas underlying string theory, which is the major candidate for a consistent solution of the frustrating challenge of reconciling quantum mechanics and gravity, will then be briefly surveyed. The potential role of infinite-dimensional groups will finally be discussed.

November 24th at 11:30am : zoom meeting
Bernard Derrida

December 01st at 11:30am : zoom meeting
Jean-Philippe Uzan

December 08th at 11:30am : zoom meeting
Alain Barrat

December 15th at 11:30am : zoom meeting
Cédric Delaunay

 “Soft matter Now”

November 12th at 12:30pm
Bruno Andreotti - LPENS - Université de Paris
"Statics & Dynamics of Soft Wetting"

The laws of wetting are well-known for drops on rigid surfaces, but these change dramatically when the substrate is soft and deformable. The combination of wetting and the intricacies of soft polymeric interfaces has provided many rich examples of fluid-structure interaction, both in terms of phenomenology as well as from the fundamental perspective. In this seminar, I will discuss experimental and theoretical progress on the statics and dynamics of soft wetting. In this context, I will critically revisit the foundations of capillarity, such as the nature of solid surface tension, the microscopic mechanics near the contact line, and the dissipative mechanisms that lead to unexpected spreading dynamics.

November 25th at 12:30pm
Anne Laure Biance - Institut Lumière Matière,CNRS, Université de Lyon
Life and death of a liquid foam

Abstract: Liquid foams are used in many situations and as varied as medical engineering, food and cosmetic industries, in building materials and energy harvesting processes (extraction), as well as for decontamination and recycling ... Despite this technical know-how, a foam remains a complex material to deal with.
A foam is a compact assembly of gas bubbles in a liquid matrix, and because of its very large liquid / gas interface, it is an ephemeral, intrinsically out of equilibrium material that will always collapse. In this talk we will try to answer the following questions: what is a liquid foam? Why do we need soap molecules to form it? How does it evolve over time? How does it collapse? Are there any methods to stabilize it?

 “Quantum Physics and condensed matter Now”

Monday, October 19, at 17:00 : zoom meeting
Thierry Giamarchi (Université de Genève): Big questions in small many-body quantum systems

October 19th, at 05:00pm : zoom meeting
Thierry Giamarchi - Université de Genève
Big questions in small many-body quantum systems

November 2nd at 02:00pm : zoom meeting
Jean-Pascal Brison - CEA Grenoble
Superconductivity in quantum materials: some current issues

November 2nd at 05:00pm : zoom meeting
Benjamin Huard - ENS Lyon
Quantum information with superconducting circuits

November 09th at 02:00pm : zoom meeting
Christophe Salomon -Laboratoire Kastler Brossel
Many-body physics and precision measurements with ultracold atoms

November 9th at 05:00pm : zoom meeting
Jérôme Plain -UTT Troyes
Hybrid plasmonics: controlling the light at the nanoscale

November 23th at 02:00pm : zoom meeting
Antoine Browaeys -Institut d’Optique
Quantum simulation with atomic arrays

November 23th at 02:00pm : zoom meeting
Xavier Blase -Institut Néel
Challenges in electronic structure theories

Quick links

Next student seminar :
Access to the program

Here you can find information about your internships:
Experimental Internship - Undergraduate program
Master ICFP first year Internship

News : ICFP Research seminars
November 16 - 20, 2020 :

All information about the program

Contact us - Student support and Graduate School office :
Tél : 01 44 32 35 60
enseignement@phys.ens.fr