The Department of Physics

Facts and Figures:

Facts and Figures:

The department is a research federation (FR684) headed by the ENS and the CNRS. It provides technical platforms to the laboratories (workshop, cryogenic fluids, clean room facility, network, and logistics) and administrative support.

The life of the department is carried by those present daily in the
laboratories, classrooms, common services and the new library of experimental sciences. Composed of 450 people in total (44 owned and operated by the Federation) including 120 researchers / lecturers,the Department of Physics is the largest structure of research and teaching at the ENS.

In 2011, the department won recognition as an Excellence laboratory (“Laboratoire d’excellence”) for its research and teaching strategy.

The department has two essential tasks, research and teaching.

 Research

World-leading research at the ENS physics department, both experimental and theoretical, covers a large part of fundamental physics and its interfaces. Research fields across laboratories of the ENS physics department are as follows:
- Quantumphysics: fromcold atoms to condensed matter
- Biophysics: from the cell to the organism
- Non-linear physics and hydrodynamics: from the lab to the cosmos
- Theoretical and statistical physics
Research groups are organised into five laboratories, namely:

  1. The Laboratoire Kastler Brossel deals mainly with matter-field interaction, quantum optics and quantum information, laser cooled atoms and degenerate quantum fluids. The LKB is a major player in the fundamental physics of quantum systems. Research at LKB is structured around 4 themes: quantum gases, quantum optics and quantum information, atoms in dense and complex media and tests of fundamental interactions in metrology.
  2. The Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain works on condensed matter physics, mesoscopic systems and optical properties of semiconductors. LPA is involved with several fundamental aspects of nano-physics, namely quantum dots, semiconductor microcavities, mesoscopic conductors, superconducting thin films, carbon nanotubes and DNA molecules.
  3. The Laboratoire de physique statistique deals with complex systems, non-linear physics, wetting and biological system properties. LPS focuses its research activities around the statistical physics of condensed matter, the turbulence and the non-linear phenomena, the soft matter physics and the biophysics.
  4. The Laboratoire de physique théorique works on quantum field theory, statistical physics, particle physics and unification theories, disordered systems theory and applications to condensed matter, optimization and biophysics. Lpt studies the quantization of gravity, mainly in the context of string theory, problems in high energy physics, and questions in observational cosmology rooted in recent data. A second emphasis covers numerous statistical physics problems connected to disordered systems, solid state physics, computer science, complex systems, and biology.
  5. The Laboratoire de radioastronomie, part of the LERMA laboratory hosted at ENS, is focused on the observation and theoretical understanding of the large structures in the Universe (galactic magnetic fields...). The research activities at LRA are theoretical and about observations.. They are strongly linked to the physics of interstellar medium and of star formation. They deal with detailed collisional processes (chemical reactions, dissipative processs, collisional excitation of the energy levels of molecules and agregates) and on the global dynamics of this medium.

 Teaching

The ENS physics department also organises a high-level physics teaching at different levels:
- undergraduate (last year) and master levels (2 years). The teaching program at the department stresses the early contact of students with research.
- Doctoral level. The ENS physics department manages the Doctoral School for fundamental physics of the Greater Paris area (Ecole Doctorale Physique en Île-de-France- ED PIF)
- An ‘agregation’ program which educates about 20% of the high-level high-school physics teachers at the national level.

All programs are run in coordination with the main other research universities and institutions in the Paris area.
The department also oversees several of the entrance examinations for the future ENS students.

Heads of department

Director : Jean-Marc Berroir Room : L061 Tél : 33 (0)1 44 32 33 59 / 25 90 Fax : 33 (0)1 44 32 20 08 Contact the director Director assistant : Charlotte Normand Room : L059c Tél : 33 (0)1 44 32 33 59 Fax : 33 (0)1 44 32 20 08 Contact the director (...) | ↦ Read more

Common Services

The greatest resources of the department are the people present on a day basis in its labs, classrooms, common services and library. | ↦ Read more

History of the Department

Around World War one, the Physics laboratory at ENS was based in a much too small space, quite derelict. In spite of these difficult conditions, it had a remarkably brilliant activity under the lead of H. Abraham and A. Cotton. H. Abraham is (...) | ↦ Read more

Organigranizational chart

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The logo

The Physics Department at ENS is represented by a logo known as the "three owls". This logo was created in 1960 by Yves Rocard, who was director of the Physics Department between 1945 and (...) | ↦ Read more

Clean room

The department’s clean room was inaugurated in 1981 and entirely recreated in 2007, using local funds allocated by the CNRS, the ‘Île-de-France region’, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the ENS and the French Research Ministry. Since (...) | ↦ Read more

The Experimental Sciences Library

The Library of the experimental sciences, opened in July 2013 after three years of work, is the result of the merger of departments libraries of biology, chemistry, geosciences, and physics. It is set at 29, rue d’Ulm in a renovated space of more (...) | ↦ Read more

Directory

Please find below the Directory of the Department Common Services. To look up students, faculty and staff members of the five laboratories, please visit their website. | ↦ Read more

Job Offers

Professor position in Astrophysics Research field: Origin of galaxies and Cosmology Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris) opens a full professor position in its Physics Department, with a possibility to start as early as September 2017. French and (...) | ↦ Read more

Facts and Figures:

The department is a research federation (FR684) headed by the ENS and the CNRS. It provides technical platforms to the laboratories (workshop, cryogenic fluids, clean room facility, network, and logistics) and administrative support.

The life of the department is carried by those present daily in the
laboratories, classrooms, common services and the new library of experimental sciences. Composed of 450 people in total (44 owned and operated by the Federation) including 120 researchers / lecturers,the Department of Physics is the largest structure of research and teaching at the ENS.

In 2011, the department won recognition as an Excellence laboratory (“Laboratoire d’excellence”) for its research and teaching strategy.