Quantum sciences and materials

Quantum sciences are at the heart of an ongoing conceptual and industrial revolution based on the exquisite understanding and control of the physics of condensed matter systems, electromagnetic waves and their interactions. These breakthroughs lay the groundwork for future technologies with major impacts on our societies, in computation, communication and sensing.

The IPCMS embraces the quantum world with a broad and complementary expertise spanning from materials and surface science, magnetism and optics to explore novel phenomena and new systems from an atomic to a mesoscopic scale, through rigorous and original research activities gathered along the following topics:

  • – Quantum phases of matter
  • – Atomic-scale quantum physics and sensing
  • – Spectroscopy and dynamics of quantum systems
  • – Quantum devices and engines

These research efforts are structured through the graduate school and Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute QMat and the Eucor QSTEC initiative (Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus).

Key publications

  • 2022

    • A. Lipatov, P. Chaudhary, Z. Guan, H. Lu, G. Li, O. Crégut, K.D. Dorkenoo, R. Proksch, S. Cherifi-Hertel, D-F. Shao, E. Y. Tsymbal, J. Íñiguez, A. Sinitskii, A. Gruverman
      Direct observation of ferroelectricity in two-dimensional MoS2

      npj 2D Mater. Appl. 6, 18 (2022)

    • I. Gaponenko, S. Cherifi-Hertel, U. Acevedo-Salas, N. Bassiri-Gharb, P. Paruch
      Correlative imaging of ferroelectric domain walls

      Sci. Rep. 12, 165 (2022)

    • K. Vasilev, B. Doppagne, T. Neuman, A. Roslawska, H. Bulou, A. Boeglin, F. Scheurer, G. Schull
      Internal Stark effect of single-molecule fluorescence

      Nature Commun. 13, 677 (2022)

    • A. Roslawska, T. Neuman, B. Doppagne, A. G. Borisov, M. Romeo, F. Scheurer, J. Aizpurua, G. Schull
      Mapping Lamb, Stark, and Purcell effects at a chromophore-picocavity junction with hyper-resolved fluorescence microscopy

      Phys. Rev. X 12, 011012 (2022)

    • C. Blaas-Anselmi, F. Helluin, R.A. Jalabert, G. Weick, D. Weinmann
      Asymmetric power dissipation in electronic transport through a quantum point contact

      SciPost Phys. 12, 105 (2022)

    • G.J. Percebois, D. Weinmann, R.A. Jalabert, G. Weick
      Spontaneous orbital magnetization of mesoscopic dipole dimers

      Phys. Rev. B 105, 085405 (2022)

    • C. Ferrante, G. Di Battista, L.E. Parra López, G. Batignani, E. Lorchat, A. Virga, S. Berciaud, T. Scopigno
      Picosecond energy transfer in a transition metal dichalcogenide–graphene heterostructure revealed by transient Raman spectroscopy

      Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 119, 15 (2022)

    • A. Gloppe, M. Onga, R. Hisatomi, A. Imamoglu, Y. Nakamura, Y. Iwasa, K. Usami
      Magnon-exciton proximity coupling at a van der Waals heterointerface

      Phys. Rev. B 105, L121403 (2022)


    • T.F. Allard, G. Weick
      Quantum theory of plasmon polaritons in chains of metallic nanoparticles: from near- to far-field coupling regime

      Phys. Rev. B 104, 125434 (2021)

    • G.J. Percebois, D. Weinmann
      Deep neural networks for inverse problems in mesoscopic physics: characterization of the disorder configuration from quantum transport properties

      Phys. Rev. B 104, 075422 (2021)

    • S. Cao, A. Roslawska, B. Doppagne, M. Romeo, M. Féron, F. Chérioux, H. Bulou, F. Scheurer, G. Schull
      Energy funnelling within multichromophore architectures monitored with subnanometre resolution

      Nature Chem. 13, 766 (2021)

    • L. Desplat, S. Meyer, J. Bouaziz, P.M. Buhl, S. Lounis, B. Dupé, and P.-A. Hervieux
      Mechanism for ultrafast electric-field driven skyrmion nucleation

      Phys. Rev. B 104, L060409 (2021)

    • R. Goerlich, G. Manfredi, P.-A. Hervieux, L. Mertz, C. Genet
      Probing quantum effects with classical stochastic analogs

      Phys. Rev. Research 3, 033203 (2021)

    • Q. Wei, R. Duan, Q. Zhang, L. Xie, R. Xia, Y. Yi, J. Léonard, S. Haacke, J. Cabanillas-Gonzalez, Y. Qian, W. Huang
      Origin of intramolecular low-threshold amplified spontaneous emission

      Advanced Optical Materials 9, 2001956 (2021)

    • Y. Zhang and S. Cherifi-Hertel
      Focusing characteristics of polarized second-harmonic emission at non-Ising polar domain walls

      Opt. Mater. Express 11, 3736 (2021)

    • J.-F. Dayen, N. Konstantinov, M. Palluel, N. Daro, B. Kundys, M. Soliman, G. Chastanet, B. Doudin
      Room temperature optoelectronic devices operating with spin crossover nanoparticles

      Mater. Horiz. 8, 2310 (2021)

    • K. Katcko, et al.
      Encoding information on the excited state of a molecular spin chain

      Adv. Funct. Mater. 31, 2009467 (2021)


    • F. Fernique, G. Weick
      Plasmons in two-dimensional lattices of near-field coupled nanoparticles

      Phys. Rev. B 102, 045420 (2020)

    • B. Doppagne, T. Neuman, R. Soria-Martinez, L.E. Parra López, H. Bulou, M. Romeo, S. Berciaud, F. Scheurer, J. Aizpurua, G. Schull
      Single-molecule tautomerization tracking through space-and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

      Nature Nanotechnol. 15, 207 (2020)

    • O. Kovalenko, M. Vomir, B. Donnio, J.L. Gallani, M.V. Rastei
      Chiromagnetoptics of Au and Ag nanoparticulate systems

      J. Phys. Chem. C 124, 39 (2020)

    • A. Barsella, M.A. Hurier, M.D. Pichois, M. Vomir, H. Hasan, L. Mager, B. Donnio, J.L. Gallani, M.V. Rastei
      Photonic excitation of a micromechanical cantilever in electrostatic fields

      Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 254301 (2020)

    • Y. Rosales-Cabara, G. Manfredi, G. Schnoering, P.-A. Hervieux, L. Mertz, C. Genet
      Optimal protocols and universal time-energy bound in Brownian thermodynamics

      Phys. Rev. Research 2, 012012(R) (2020)

    • E. Lorchat, L.E Parra López, C. Robert, D. Lagarde, G. Froehlicher, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, X. Marie, S. Berciaud
      Filtering the photoluminescence spectra of atomically thin semiconductors with graphene

      Nature Nanotechnol. 15, 283 (2020)

    • X. Zhang, K. Makles, L. Colombier, D. Metten, H. Majjad, P. Verlot, S. Berciaud
      Dynamically-enhanced strain in atomically thin resonators

      Nature Commun. 11, 5526 (2020)

    • S. Berciaud, M. Potemski, C. Faugeras
      Many-body effects in suspended graphene probed through magneto-phonon resonances

      Phys. Status Solidi RRL 14, 2000345 (2020)

    • O. Gladii, M. Collet, Y. Henry, J.-V. Kim, A. Anane, M. Bailleul
      Determining key spin-orbitronic parameters via propagating spin waves

      Phys. Rev. Applied 13, 014016 (2020)

    • D. Kundys, F. Graffitti, R.A. McCracken, A. Fedrizzi, B. Kundys
      Numerical study of reconfigurable mid-IR single photon sources based on functional ferroelectrics

      Adv. Quantum Technol. 3, 1900092 (2020)


    • B. Verlhac, N. Bachellier, L. Garnier, M. Ormaza, P. Abufager, R. Robles, M.-L. Bocquet, M. Ternes, N. Lorente, L. Limot
      Atomic-scale spin sensing with a single-molecule at the apex of a scanning tunneling microscope

      Science 366, 623 (2019)

    • K. Katcko, E. Urbain, B. Taudul, F. Schleicher, J. Arabski, E. Beaurepaire, B. Vileno, D. Spor, W. Weber, D. Lacour, S. Boukari, M. Hehn, M. Alouani, J. Fransson, M. Bowen
      Spin-driven electrical power generation at room temperature

      Commun. Phys. 2, 116 (2019)

    • C.A. Downing, T.J. Sturges, G. Weick, M. Stobińska, L. Martín-Moreno
      Topological phases of polaritons in a cavity waveguide

      Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 217401 (2019)

    • S.K. Sinha, A. Khammari, M. Picher, F. Roulland, N. Viart, T. LaGrange, F. Banhart
      Nanosecond electron pulses in the analytical electron microscopy of a fast irreversible chemical reaction

      Nature Commun. 10, 3648 (2019)

    • K.R. Fratus, R.A. Jalabert, D. Weinmann
      Energy stability of branching in the scanning gate response of two-dimensional electron gases with smooth disorder

      Phys. Rev. B 100, 155435 (2019)


    • B. Doppagne, M.C. Chong, H. Bulou, A. Boeglin, F. Scheurer, G. Schull
      Electrofluorochromism at the single-molecule level

      Science 361, 251 (2018)

    • G. Froehlicher, E. Lorchat, S. Berciaud
      Charge versus energy transfer in atomically-thin graphene-transition metal dichalcogenide van der Waals heterostructures

      Phys. Rev. X. 8, 011007 (2018)

    • F. Schleicher, et al.
      Linking electronic transport through a spin crossover thin film to the molecular spin state using X-ray absorption spectroscopy operando techniques

      ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10, 31580 (2018)

Ongoing funded projects

      Mixed dimensional heterostructures under 2D ferroelectric control

      PI: JF. Dayen, 2022-2026

      Spintronic harvesting of ambient thermal fluctuations

      PI: M. Bowen, 2022-2025

      van der Waals heterostructures opto-magnetomechanics

      PI: A. Gloppe, 2022-2024

      Atomically thin opto-electro-mechanical devices

      PI: S. Berciaud, 2021-2024

      Testing quantum thermodynamics with local probes

      PI: D. Weinmann, 2021-2024

    • Royal Society International Exchanges Grant (University of Surrey, UK)
      Quantum/classical hybrids

      PI: G. Manfredi, 2021-2023

      Dynamics of photoinduced resonant energy transfer characterized at the single molecule level

      PI: A. Roslawska, 2020-2022

    • QUSTEC
      Hilbert space engineering of nuclear spin qudits

      PI: P.-A. Hervieux, 2020-2022

      Topological structure of conductive ferroelectric domain walls

      PI: S. Cherifi-Hertel, 2019-2022

    • ERC Consolidator APOGEE
      Atomic-scale physics of single-photon sources

      PI: G. Schull, 2018-2024