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A Starting ERC Grant for Ben Wieder

Over the past 15 years, we have learned that topological phases of matter are not rare or esoteric, but in fact appear in some form in more than half of all known solid-state materials. However, the most frequently occurring topological phases in real 3D materials are complicated, symmetry-protected topological crystalline insulator (TCI) states that, unlike more familiar quantum Hall states, have unknown smoking-gun experimental signatures, and hence practical applications.

In his starting ERC TopoRosetta, Dr. Wieder has outlined several paths to translating theoretical models of TCIs to real-material experiments, including fundamental research into the robustness of TCI states leveraging techniques based on interacting quantum field theory, and novel numerical techniques for analyzing TCIs in density-functional-theory-based material simulations.

The unifying thread for his investigations is the mathematical language of symmetry group theory, which provides fundamental constraints on topological phases in crystalline materials. In TopoRosetta, Dr. Wieder will introduce a "Rosetta Stone" based in group theory to translate between the currently disconnected languages of solid-state topology and system-independent physical observables, with the hope of uncovering new experimental platforms for spintronics and quantum information science.

Congratulations to Ben on his remarkable success!

E. De-laborderie, 2023-09-06 15:32:00

Death of Michel Gaudin (02/12/1931 -- 04/08/2023)

The first notable work of Michel Gaudin was an elegant demonstration of Wick's theorem in finite temperature, in 1960. This was followed by pioneering works in random matrix theory. With Madan Lal Mehta, he obtained the analytical expression for the density of eigenvalues of a random matrix, leading to the first derivation of the *semicircle law*. In this work, they introduced the orthogonal polynomials and the method of integration on alternating variables to deal with the case of orthogonal matrices. Next, he obtained the *level-spacing law* in excellent agreement with Wigner's hypothesis. This work introduced crucial tools in the field of random matrices that are still widely used, in particular the *sine kernel* and *spheroidal functions* to diagonalize the associated *Fredholm equation*. Its repercussions extended to number theory and the study of the zeros of the Riemann zeta function.

In the mid-sixties, inspired by the work of Edouard Brézin and Jean Zinn-Justin, he turned his attention to the problem of spin 1/2 fermions on a circle with a *delta-function potential*, extending the bosonic system considered by Lieb and Liniger. To solve this problem, he introduced the *nested Bethe Ansatz*, which proved to be a fundamental tool in the study of integrable systems. His PhD thesis, available in the collection of his works, *"Modèles exactement résolus" (1995)*, explains his approach and contains between the lines the expression of the norm of *Bethe's states*, the solution of his famous model and no doubt other gems.

During his stay at the Stony Brook Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1970, at the invitation of C. N. Yang, he made important contributions to the study of a one-dimensional gas of bosons in* delta-function potential*. In particular, the study of the orthogonality properties of the *scattering wave functions* led him to introduce a determinant subsequently rediscovered and known as the *Izergin and Korepin partition function*. Using Coxeter groups, he also constructed a wave function generalizing *Bethe's wave function* to the case of open edges. In another essential work, inspired by the method of C. N. Yang and C. P. Yang for the thermodynamics of the boson system, he obtained, simultaneously with Takahashi, the thermodynamics of the *Heisenberg chain*.

A series of Gaudin’s works brought essential contributions to the field of solvable models. In 1976 he introduced and solved a family of quadratic Hamiltonians, now known as the *"Gaudin Model"*. This model has become a classic in the theory of cold atoms and superconductivity. Its solution exploits a first, simple version of the *Algebraic Bethe Ansatz*. It has also been a source of inspiration for mathematicians working on the *Langlands program*.

In the 1970s, Gaudin faced also the problem of the exact solution of non-integrable systems. In particular, he and his student Bernard Derrida, proposed in 1975 a solution to the problem of three bodies in delta-function potential with different couplings.

His book *"La fonction d'onde de Bethe" (Bethe's wave function),* written in 1981, is still a reference in the field. It was translated into Russian in 1987 by P. Kulish and E. K. Sklyanin and translated in English in 2013 by Jean-Sébastien Caux.

Gaudin has also had several fruitful collaborations with other physicists at the IPhT. Let us mention in particular: the work with Ivan Kostov on the solution of *O(n) model in quantum gravity*; the work with Claude Itzykson, Philippe Di Francesco and Frédéric Lesage on the wave functions of the *quantum Hall effect*; the work with Denis Bernard, Duncan Haldane and Vincent Pasquier on the solution of the *Haldane-Shastry chain*; the work with Jacques Bros, Henri Epstein and Ugo Moschella on the geometrically-induced instability of particles in de Sitter space.

Michel Gaudin was an original and prolific personality. He was principally guided by a quest for elegance, and little cared for recognition. (In 2019 he was, however, awarded the prestigious *Dannie Heinemann Prize for Mathematical Physics.*) He published in French and paid particular attention to the style of his writing. He was a passionate of classical culture, in particular of literature and philosophy. We see him again reading the *"Mémoires d'outre-tombe"*, looking on a map for Chateaubriand's stops. In conversation, he liked to recall verses from Racine or La Fontaine. He was also a man of great faith. He considered himself a craftsman, and was convinced that that the hand is the support of thought. This translated into scientific texts written in a quite literary style and drafted in beautiful handwriting, sometimes accompanied by drawings on graph paper. To convey the idea of his meticulousness, we enclose a drawing of geodesic trajectories done by Gaudin shortly before his death.

A master and a friend has left us.

E. De-laborderie, 2023-08-24 09:49:00

Henry Navelet (1938-2023)

Henri Navelet (b. October 28, 1938), a former student at the École Normale Supérieure (rue d'Ulm, Paris) and a specialist in strong interactions, was a leading member of the Service de Physique Théorique (now Institut de Physique Théorique) of CEA Saclay since its creation, in 1963.

Henri stood out for his theoretical rigor and remarkable computational skills, which meant a great deal to his collaborators, which include: A. Billoire, G Cohen-Tannoudji, P. J. O' Donnell, J.S. Geronimo, A. Gervois, R. Grigjanis, R. Lacaze, J.C. Le Guillou, A.H. Mueller, A. Morel, R. Peschanski, Ch Royon, M. Sutherland, S. Wallon, and many others.

In the sixties, Henri was a member of the famous *"CoMoNav"* trio with two other SPhT researchers, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji and André Morel (deceased in 2013). They were famous in particular for introducing the so-called Regge pole absorption model into the phenomenology of high-energy (at the time!) strong interactions. This model was used by many physicists to untangle the multitude of reactions studied at CERN.

Other Henri's contributions are also very noteworthy, such as his work with Al H. Mueller on very high-energy particle jets, today commonly referred to as *"Mueller-Navelet jets"*, which are still the subject of experimental research and theoretical calculations in Quantum ChromoDynamics.

Henri had a great sense of humor, and human qualities that were highly motivating for his colleagues and the young researchers who met him during his long career. He was not only a great theoretical physicist, but also a passionate sportsman, training the younger generations. In particular, he ran the Marathon in 2h59mn59s!

A valued researcher and friend has passed away.

*His friends and colleagues at the Institut de Physique Théorique de Saclay (CEA and UMR CNRS), France*

E. De-laborderie, 2023-07-18 20:42:00

Efficient algorithms for scattering amplitudes

2023-07-12 15:18:00

Matt Von Hippel is to join IPhT on September 1.

2023-05-30 09:40:00

Antoine Bourget joins the IPhT as a permanent researcher!

2023-05-02 14:25:00

The Benchmark for Quantum Computer Performance (BACQ)

2023-05-02 11:42:00

Nomination of Henri Orland to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2023-05-02 11:17:00

Calculating the Witten-Kontsevich intersection numbers

2023-04-11 10:29:00

Monica Guica receives the CNRS bronze medal for the year 2023!

2023-04-03 15:21:00

27th Itzykson Conference : Fluctuations far from Equilibrium

2023-03-21 15:39:00

2023 Galileo Galilei Medal for David Kosower (IPhT), Zvi Bern(California U) and Lance Dixon (SLAC)

2023-02-17 09:04:00

Quantum networks : Entangled ions across the university campus Innsbruck

2023-02-10 15:11:00

Hamiltonian paths, a challenge for KPZ.

2023-02-03 15:19:00

Kibble-Zurek phenomenon: from the early Universe to a spin chain

2023-02-03 14:15:00

Kirone Mallick winner of the 2022 Physics French Society (SFP) Paul Langevin Prize

2023-02-01 15:18:00

EPS PhD prize awarded to IPhT student

2022-11-04 10:33:00

Exact results for the "box ball system", a cellular automaton with solitons

2022-10-11 10:10:00

Exact Macroscopic Fluctuations Far from Equilibrium

2022-08-25 15:09:00

Retreat of the IPhT in Autrans : aftermath

2022-06-22 09:05:00

Arrival of Ben Wieder on next september

2022-06-17 15:12:00

Arrival of Dalimil Mazáč at IPhT

2022-06-07 10:14:00

Maps day at IPhT on 24 June 2022

2022-06-03 10:33:00

Quantum bounds and fluctuation-dissipation relations

2022-05-12 11:47:00

26ème conférence Itzykson : "Black-Hole Microstructure IV"

2022-05-12 10:32:00

Colloquium Rencontres de l'IPhT in Autrans (Vercors) from 23 to 25 May.

2022-05-12 10:02:00

An extension of Tutte's formula 60 years later

2022-04-20 11:13:00

2022-04-05 11:28:00

Public talk of Stephane Lavignac on Tuesday March 15th

2022-03-11 09:17:00

A new book written by Marc Barthélémy about spatial networks

2022-02-22 11:05:00

Cédric Villani at IPhT on March 1st

2022-02-22 10:26:00

Summer School in Cargèse around exotic superconductivity

2022-02-07 15:39:00

Langevin Prize of the French Society of Physics for Mariana Graña

2022-02-04 10:46:00

2022-02-01 09:21:00

Maxime Leroy joins the IPHT support team

2022-01-27 15:24:00

Un lien entre la masse du boson de Higgs et la constante cosmologique

2021-11-25 14:11:00

Conférence exceptionnelle de Cédric Villani le lundi 22 novembre à 19h30 (Institut Pascal)

2021-11-18 14:33:00

Problems in Quantum Field Theory : a book by François Gelis.

2021-10-11 16:12:00

Mathematical Harmony and the Quantum World

2021-10-07 15:24:00

The art of mathematical physics

2021-09-01 16:31:00

Correlation functions and wave functions in solvable models

2021-08-31 16:44:00

2021-05-01 11:45:00

Multipole Ratios : A New Window into Black Holes

2020-11-27 15:16:00

Orazio Scarlatella lauréat du prix de thèse Physique des Ondes et de la Matière (PhOM) 2020

2020-11-26 11:07:00

Modeling the city: an equation ends centuries-old controversies

2020-11-19 11:10:00

Quantum entanglement: A single photon takes two optical paths by "entangling" them!

2020-10-15 15:06:00

An strongly secured encryption

2020-09-17 17:01:00

David Kosower lauréat de l'ERC Advanced Grant "Ampl2Einstein"

2020-04-03 15:57:00

Un nouvel ouvrage co-écrit par Pierfrancesco Urbani, physicien à l’IPhT

2020-01-31 14:15:00

Un nouvel ouvrage co-écrit par Henri Orland, physicien à l'IPhT

2020-01-28 16:16:00

Thu, Sep. 21st, 14:15-15:15

Séminaire de vulgarisation - José Cembranos

Mon, Sep. 25th, 14:00-15:00

Séminaire de physique statistique - Andrea Zoia

Tue, Sep. 26th, 10:00-12:00

Cours de physique théorique de Saclay - Jules Lamers (IPhT)

Tue, Sep. 26th, 14:00-15:00

Séminaire de physique des particules et de cosmologie - William DeRocco

Tue, Oct. 10th, 14:00-15:00

Séminaire de physique des particules et de cosmologie - Fabrizio Rompineve