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Institute for the Sciences of Light (ISL)


The Institute for the Sciences of Light (ISL) promotes synergies between all relevant actors within the University Paris-Saclay. ISL supports cross-cutting research and PhD projects throughout six Graduate Schools, fosters research results transfer to industry, develops effective international relations and organizes international doctoral summer schools and colloquia.

The University Paris-Saclay inherits a tradition of fundamental research and training in Optics that began over a century ago. At the heart of the University Paris-Saclay, about 700 researchers and academics in 28 laboratories and six Graduate Schools use Light to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge and tackle major contemporary societally relevant challenges. These professionals contribute daily to a broad range of topics, from quantum technologies to the observation of gravitational waves, from the exploration of matter and living organisms to the study of the Sun, planets and of climate, from the microscopic and attosecond understanding of energy transfer to  energy management.

The University awards every year 200 engineer diplomas and 60 Ph.D. degrees in the area of the Sciences of Light, making Paris-Saclay one of the world's leading centers in this field. The University Paris-Saclay campus also takes pride of a very large number of world-class research infrastructures (Synchrotron SOLEIL, IR free-electron laser, X-UV attosecond laser facility, C2N nanotechnology center, etc.).

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First Paris-Saclay Munich summer school on Surface Plasmons (PSM-SP)

The first School on Surface Plasmons organized by the Paris-Saclay Institute for the Sciences of Light in collaboration with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is a unique opportunity for PhD students...

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

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