The Quantum Engineering group gathers the groups of cold atoms and matter wave interferometry. It has been created in September 2015.


We are working on a number of experimental and theoretical projects. The cold atoms team explores the possibilities offered by BEC machine to realize quantum simulations, chaos or atom optics.The atom interferometry team develop quantum sensors based on matter waves intererences with applications in applied science and in fundamental physics. 

The theory part is developed alongside the experimental activities and also about some quantum engineering topics such as shortcuts to adiabaticity.


  • Proposition de thèse 2019 pour l'équipe atomes froids (simulateur quantique d'états topologiques)
  • Congratulations to Eric Michon who defended his thesis on tuesday 4th september 2018
  • Our ANR application (STATE) for the extension of Shortcut To Adiabaticity to statistical physics has been selected (July 2018), it involves L. Bellon, S. Ciliberto and E. Trizac.
  • Congratulations to Julien Alibert who defended his thesis on tuesday 12th december 2017
  • Our ANR application (COCOA)  for the BEC experiment group has been selected (July 2017), it involves O. Giraud, D. Ullmo, G. Lemarié and B. Georgeot.
  • Boris Décamps has successfully defended his thesis on tuesday, 22nd november 2016. Congratulations !
  • Our article entitled "Fast Equilibrium switch of a micro mechanical oscillator" is now published : 

    Appl. Phys. Lett. 109, 113502 (2016).

  • Our article entitled "Engineered swift equilibration of a Brownian particle" is now published : Nature Physics12843–846 (2016).
  • Our article on Basin entropy is now published in Scientific Reports [Link]
  • Our article entitled "Probing surface states with many-body wave packet scattering" is now published :  Europhysics Letters, 115, 20010 (2016).
  • Aéla Fortun has successfully defended her thesis on July 19th. Congratulations !
  • Our article entitled "Direct measurement of the tunnel traversal time"  is now published in Physical Review Letters [Link].
  • Atom Interferometer March 07th 2016: We observed a Rb85 and a Rb87 MOT in the new vacuum chamber. We load 5.109 atoms in a mirror MOT in 2seconds.
  • BEC Experiment April 29th 2015: The BEC machine now produces stable BEC with more than 100 000 rubidium atoms using an hybrid trap that combines a magnetic quadupole and a crossed dipole trap.


Bose-Einstein condensation, atom interferometry, atom optics, atom laser, superfluidity, quantum chaos, shortcuts to adiabaticity, kinetic theory, quantum simulator, spatial gaps, Bragg mirror, atomic beam splitter, atom transport, large momentum beam splitters, atom neutrality, atom chip, Feshbach resonance, staggered state ...