The Department of Physics

Facts and Figures:

Facts and Figures:

The ENS Physics department has a dual role of teaching and research. It also provides the technical resources for laboratories (mechanical workshop, helium liquefier, clean room, computer network, logistics, warehouses) as well as administrative support.

Composed of 460 people including 120 researchers/teacher-researchers, the Physics department is the largest research and teaching structure in the ENS.

It occupies 12,000 m² a historic building on rue Lhomond, on the ENS campus in Paris, 2,000 m² on the Jussieu campus and a few buildings at the Collège de France.

Since 2011, the department has been certified ’laboratory of excellence’ for the quality of its research and teaching (Future investments - Labex call for projects).

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 two laboratories, namely:

  1. The Laboratoire de physique de l’ENS is a fundamental research laboratory whose themes cover a wide range of exploratory fields, from statistical physics or fundamental interactions, to quantum materials and devices or fluids and their interfaces, to astrophysics, biophysics and their applications.
  2. 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.

 Teaching

The ENS physics department also organizes 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 : Laura Baron-Ledez Room : L059c Tél : 33 (0)1 44 32 33 59 Fax : 33 (0)1 44 32 20 08 (...) | ↦ 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

Organizational chart

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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

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

There are currently no vacancies available. | ↦ Read more

Facts and Figures:

The ENS Physics department has a dual role of teaching and research. It also provides the technical resources for laboratories (mechanical workshop, helium liquefier, clean room, computer network, logistics, warehouses) as well as administrative support.

Composed of 460 people including 120 researchers/teacher-researchers, the Physics department is the largest research and teaching structure in the ENS.

It occupies 12,000 m² a historic building on rue Lhomond, on the ENS campus in Paris, 2,000 m² on the Jussieu campus and a few buildings at the Collège de France.

Since 2011, the department has been certified ’laboratory of excellence’ for the quality of its research and teaching (Future investments - Labex call for projects).