Quantum Systems and Condensed Matter

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Condensed-matter occupies a large place in physics, and the theoretical concepts developed for these problems have often had an impact in other  fields of physics. Likewise, the research carried out at the IPhT on  condensed-matter systems has been tightly connected to other fields of  theoretical physics, such as statistical physics, field theory, or  integrable systems. In the last few years we focused on the following  directions: topological states of matter, many-body problems, systems  far from equilibrium, and disordered systems.


Research themes

Topological matter

Quantum phases of matter with topological properties – subject of the 2016 Nobel Prize - represent a very active topic worldwide. Among these, systems supporting Majorana modes are actively studied, in part because they could be used in future device for quantum information processing.

High critical-T superconductors

Quantum many-body systems where the interactions between the particles play a central role, where non-perturbative (or beyond mean-field) effects need to be taken into account, are challenging problems. A prominent example is that of high-temperature (HT) cuprate superconductors. They have been studied theoretically and experimentally for several decades, but some key questions remain unsolved.

Out-of-equilibrium systems

The field of quantum systems which are far from equilibrium has developed rapidly in the last decade, in part thanks to the advances on the experimental side (cold atoms, artificial light-matter systems, etc.). One way to set a system out-of-equilibrium is to perform a quantum quench. There, an isolated system is prepared in some simple state at time $t=0$ (not an eigenstate of the Hamiltonian) and then it evolves unitarily for $t>0$. Such protocols allow to address important questions about the equilibration or transport in isolated quantum systems, and to discuss the role played by interactions. We have also introduced a Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method for  interacting systems far from equilibrium, the first diagrammatic QMC  using an explicit sum of the Feynman diagrams in terms of an exponential  number of determinants.

Many-body localization

A new phase of matter has triggered a huge activity I the last few years. Dubbed many-body localization, it is the interacting counter part of the (single-particle) Anderson localization.  Such disordered systems display many interesting anomalous properties, like the absence of thermalization.

Researchers involved

Permanent and emeritus researchers

Cristina Bena      
Thierry Jolicoeur      
Grégoire Misguich      
Olivier Parcollet      
Catherine Pépin      
Marco Schiro      


PhD students

Kemal Bidzhiev              
Maxence Grandadam        
Sarah Pinon        
Orazio Scarlatella        


Postdoctoral researchers

Debmalya Chakraborty      
Haggai Landa      
Saheli Sarkar      
Steven Thomson      


Former staff members



Former Postdoctoral researchers

Juan Manuel Aguiar      
Fabien Alet               
Marine Guigou      
Thomas Kloss      
Laura Messio      
Xavier Montiel      
Corentin Morice      
Francesco Peronaci      
Nicholas Sedlmayr      
Mircea Trif      

Former graduate students

Vardan Kaladzhyan      
Thiago Sabetta      
Jean-Marie Stéphan      


Networking, collaborations & fundings



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Each member of the group can be contacted via email at name.surname@ipht.fr 

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