Research carried out in the Q-Dyno group focuses on the theoretical modeling and numerical simulation of nano-scale systems composed of many interacting constituents. We study the nonlinear quantum dynamics of charges and spins in various types of nano-objects, such as thin metal films, metallic and ferromagnetic nanoparticles, large molecules, and magnetic materials. We have developed a portfolio of analytical and computational tools, including the complete N-body description for few-electron systems, mean-field-like approaches such as Hartree-Fock and density functional theory, as well as quantum hydrodynamic models. Our group is an expert on the phase-space dynamics of quantum systems, based on Wigner functions.
We are also involved in an international collaboration (GBAR), based at CERN, which studies the effect of gravity on antimatter.
The group currently consists of two permanent staff (Paul-Antoine Hervieux and Giovanni Manfredi) and several post-doctoral researchers, PhD and Master students.
Omar MORANDI, University of Florence, Mathematics Department
Fatema TANJA, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Jens ZAMANIAN, Umea University, Sweden
Lena MOUAWAD, now at CGI consulting
Jérôme HURST, Ultrafast spin dynamics in ferromagnetic thin films
Kévin Lêvèque-SIMON, Collisions assistées par laser pour la formation d’antimatière
Pauline COMINI, Study of the antihydrogen atom and ion formation in the collisions antiproton-positronium (Young scientist prize of the French Physical Society, 2014)
Yannick HINSCHBERGER, Etude théorique des effets relativistes induits par une impulsion lumineuse ultra-rapide dans la matière (PhD thesis prize of Strasbourg University, 2013)
Guillaume KLUGHERTZ, Dynamique d’aimantation ultra-rapide de nanoparticules magnétiques