The University of Bordeaux at the heart of Quantum Sciences

The national Quantum plan has been launched in January, 2021 with the aim of boosting the French quantum technologies ecosystem.
Innovation, research, training... zoom on the Bordeaux campus projects.

  • 08/02/2021

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The national "Quantum plan" has been launched in January, 2021 with the aim of making France a major player quantum technologies.

Noting the often astonishing functioning of the infinitely small, quantum physics predicts that a particle of matter can simultaneously be a wave. It also predicts that an atom can be found in several places at one time, or that it is impossible to fully determine the evolution of a microscopic subject, but only estimate its probabilities to evolve in a certain direction.

A century ago, fundamental research paved the way to the first quantum revolution that has deeply changed today's society : transistors, lasers, superconductors, high-powered microscopes.. Nowadays, researchers and engineers are working on the second revolution.

More powerful computers, safer communication systems, more accurate measuring devices that can change transports, medicine, monitoring and exploration of the Earth...the potential of applications is huge. The recent Quantum plan strengthens the strategy developed within the French scientific communities, including that of the University of Bordeaux that aims to take up the challenge and play a leading role in this new technological revolution.

Innovation - Naquidis center

The University of Bordeaux, the IOGS Engineering School, the CNRS, the University of Limoges, together with the ALpha-RLH competitive cluster and the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, have created the NaQuiDis innovation center. Within this new quantum technologies hub, cutting-edge research projects, innovative developments and technological solutions are developped around 3 axis : quantum sensors, a domain which benefit from a solid ecosystem including a common laboratory and the start-up Muquans ; the quantum supply chain which relies in particular on the region's excellence in photonics ;  communication and quantum coomputing where photonics joins computer science and mathematics. This center is also in strong cooperation with the Light Sciences and Technologies Graduate Program, the cluster of excellenceLaPhia, and the future LIGHT major research project, or the Quantum Matter Bordeaux programme.

The project is led by Philippe Bouyer, CNRS researcher and managing director of IOGS in Bordeaux. The Bordeaux laboratories involved in the project are the Photonic, Digital and Nanoscience Laboratory (LP2N – CNRS, IOGS and University of Bordeaux), the Laboratoire ondes et matière d’Aquitaine (LOMA – CNRS and University of Bordeaux), the Centre lasers intenses et applications (CELIA – CNRS – CNRS, CEA and Université de Bordeaux), the Institute of Mathematics of Bordeaux (IMB – CNRS, Bordeaux INP, Inria and University of Bordeaux), the Materials and Systems Integration Laboratory (IMS – CNRS, Bordeaux INP et université de Bordeaux) and the Bordeaux Institute of Computer Science (Labri - CNRS, Bordeaux INP et université de Bordeaux).

A launch event of the NaQuiDis Innovation Centre will be held online on Thursday, March 4th at 15pm (registration and online information).

Training - Light Sciences and Technologies Graduate Program

The Graduate Program  "Light Sciences & Technologies" at the University of Bordeaux offers an integrated master-doctoral course focusing on several areas of scientific excellence: Light generation, manipulation and detection; Extreme regimes of light; Light in quantum technologies and biophotonics. Transdisciplinary teaching is research-oriented, with periods of intensive internships in immersion in campus laboratories or in industrial research and development services. This program offers training in innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of photonics and promotes international mobility (partnerships with INRS in Quebec, ABS Jena in Germany...). Approximately 20 doctoral students and 70 master’s students are enrolled a year, including about ten engineering students following the double course offered with the IOGS. Since its creation 2 years ago, 60 % of existing training hours have been adapted to the latest scientific and technical innovations, to further develop training in English and the manipulation of research tools. The program takes place at the Institut d'Optique d'Aquitaine, a unique site that brings together teaching, research and start-ups. Brahim Lounis, professor at the University of Bordeaux conducting his research at LP2N, is director of the program.

Research - Quantum Matter Bordeaux

With its community of around researchers, Quantum Matter Bordeaux is internationally recognised with collaborators in 120 foreign institutions (50 % in Europe, 25 % in the United States/Canada). The project brings together chemists, physicists and theorists whose synergy helps to master the complexity of current challenges. This community contributes to the new impetus of French exploratory chemistry, with the next generation of superconductors and molecular magnets at high temperature, more environmentally friendly (less toxic and more sustainable), but also multifunctional materials. By lifting key technological locks, it bridges the scales of ultra-froids gases on networks (500 nm) and quantum materials (0.1 nm). These experimental developments on the study of topological, magnetic and opto-mechanical systems at nanoscales are supported by a strong theoretical investment: Analytical, digital, artificial intelligence... The perspectives of this research open up many potential applications in the fields of spintronics, electronics and quantum simulation, as well as ultra-sensitive sensors or the control of chemical reactions.

The project is led by Ludovic Jaubert, CNRS researcher at LOMA. The laboratories involved in the project are the LOMA, the Paul Pascal Research Centre (CRPP – CNRS and University of Bordeaux), the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB – CNRS, Bordeaux INP and the University of Bordeaux), the Institute of Molecular Sciences (ISM – CNRS, Bordeaux INP and Bordeaux University), and the LP2N.