Université Paris-Saclay is a key player in the wide field of quantum sciences and technologies, both at the national level in France and at the international level.  More than 40 research teams contribute at the highest international level to all the strategic areas in quantum technologies, both in university laboratories and in campus-based companies. The researchers are involved in high-level training programmes in quantum physics and engineering. Université Paris-Saclay has also developed successful partnerships between academia and industry and has witnessed the creation of several startups of the second quantum revolution. 



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Bachelor's degree to doctorate

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Quantum communications and post-quantum cryptography

To learn more:

  • Physical review letters 89 (18), 187901 (2002)
  • Nature volume 421, pages238–241 (2003)
  • Nature Photonics volume 7, pages 378–381 (2013)
  • Theoretical Computer Science 560, 62-81 (2014)
  • Journal of Mathematical Cryptology 8 (3), 209-247 (2014)

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Quantum sensors

  • L. Rondin, J.-P. Tetienne, T. Hingant, J.-F. Roch, P. Maletinsky, and V. Jacques, “Magnetometry with nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond”, Reports on Progress in Physics 77, 056503 (2014).
  • M. Chipaux, L. Toraille, C. Larat, L.Morvan,S. Pezzagna, J. Meijer, and T. Debuisschert, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 233502 (2015).
  • A. Bienfait, P. Campagne-Ibarcq, A.H. Kiilerich, X. Zhou, S. Probst, J. J. Pla, T. Schenkel, D. Vion, D. Esteve, J.J.L. Morton, K. Moelmer, and P. Bertet, Phys. Rev. X 7, 041011 (2017).







Quantum photonics

To learn more: 

  • Physical review letters 49, 91 (1982)
  • Physical review letters 47, 460 (1981)
  • Nature 466, 217 (2010)
  • Nature Photonics 10, 340 (2016)
  • Physical Review Letters 117, 253602 (2016)
  • Phys. Rev. A 96, 053822 (2017)
  • Nature Nanotechnology 12, 663 (2017)
  • Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 043601 (2018)




Quantum electrical circuits

To learn more: 

  • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, M. A. Nielsen & I. L. Chuang, Cambridge University Press (2010)
  • Vion et al., Science 296, 886 (2002)
  • A. Bienfait et al., Nature 531,  74 (2016)
  • M. Kapfer et al., Science  363, 846 (2019)







To learn more: 

  • Physical Review Letters, 61, 2472 (1988)
  • Nature Materials, 6, 813 (2007)
  • Nature, Vol. 547, 428 (2017)
  • Nature, Vol. 565, 35 (2019)
  • Nature Review Materials, 2, 17031 (2017)
  • SpinTronicFactory Roadmap: A european community view, Sci.Tech.EU, quarterly 30, 114 (2019)





Quantum simulation 


To learn more: 

  • N. Schlosser et al., Nature 411, 1024 (2001)
  • J. Billy et al., Nature 453, 891 (2008)
  • R. Chang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 235303 (2016)
  • H. Labuhn et al., Nature 534, 667 (2016)
  • P. St-Jean et al., Nat. Photon. 11, 651 (2017)
  • D. Barredo et al., Nature 571, 79 (2018)




Quantum and topological materials 

To learn more: 

  • Y.Imry,  "Introduction to mesoscopic physics" Orford University Press (2002).
  • E. Akkermans and G. Montambaux, "Mesoscopic Physics with electrons and photons", Cambridge University Press, (2007).
  • Comptes Rendus Physique  17, 233 (2016): "Condensed matter physics in the 21st century: The legacy of Jacques Friedel"
  • X. Montiel et al. Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017)
  • J.C. Orain et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 237203 (2017).
  • E. Kermarrec et al., Nature Com 8,14810  (2017).
  • A.Santander et al., Nature Materials 13, 10850 (2014)
  • E. Sivre et al.Nature Physics 14, 145 (2018).
  • M. Ferrier et al.Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 196803 (2017).
  • M. Kapfer et al.Science 363, 846 (2019).
  • F. Schrindler et al. Nat. Physics 14, 918 (2018).



Quantum algorithms

  • T. Goubault de Brugière, M. Baboulin, B. Valiron, C. Allouche, Synthesizing quantum circuits via numerical optimization, Proceedings of ICCS 2019 (2019).
  • A. Díaz-Caro, M. Guillermo, A. Miquel, B. Valiron. Realizability in the Unitary Sphere. Proceedings of the 24th Annual ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, LICS'19 (2019).
  • C. Allouche, M. Baboulin, T. Goubault de Brugière, B. Valiron, Reuse methods for quantum circuits synthesis, Recent Advances in Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Springer-Verlag, Vol. 259, pp. 3-12 (2018).
  • A. Scherer, B. Valiron, S.-C. Mau, Scott Alexander, E. van den Berg and T. E. Chapuran. Concrete resource analysis of the quantum linear-system algorithm used to compute the electromagnetic scattering cross section of a 2D target. Quantum Information Processing 16:60 (2017).







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News for quantum technologies

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Seven misconceptions about quantum physics

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Promises and progress of quantum engineering

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Bruno Robert: when plants inspire solar technologies

Friday 08 November 2019 - Research

Bruno Robert is head of the biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology department of the Institute of Integrative Cell Biology (I2BC -...

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The green pea genome: when the assembled sequence sheds light on the evolution of the species

Wednesday 30 October 2019 - Research

An international consortium of scientists, some of whom are members of Université Paris-Saclay, have assembled for the first time the genome...

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Karim Fizazi: Towards the cure of male cancers

Wednesday 30 October 2019 - Research

Karim Fizazi is a medical oncologist at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute, in the Biomarkers and New Therapeutic Strategies Unit (Université...

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Chemistry, tell me your story

Tuesday 29 October 2019 - Research

As 2019 was designated “Year of chemistry, from primary school to university” in France and the “International Year of the Periodic Table of...

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Pascale Senellart-Mardon: At the cutting edge of the second quantum revolution

Friday 18 October 2019 - Research

Pascale Senellart-Mardon is a researcher in fundamental physics, a research director at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Université...

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When chemists at Université Paris-Saclay reveal their research to science journalists

Friday 11 October 2019 - Research

The press workshop "The Challenges of Chemistry" that took place on Wednesday, October 9 on the Orsay campus and the Saclay plateau was dedicated...

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A new exoplanet detector based on gravitational waves

Thursday 10 October 2019 - Research

Thanks to the future LISA gravitational wave measurement system, new exoplanet detections, further away than those currently observable, are to be...

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Rachel Méallet-Renault: Bringing out the light

Tuesday 08 October 2019 - Research

Rachel Méallet-Renault is a physico-chemist, a researcher at the Orsay Institute of Molecular Sciences (ISMO - Université Paris-Saclay/Université...

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