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École Polytechnique remains second best small university worldwide according to the World's best small universities 2020 ranking released by Times Higher Education (THE). Télécom Paris, which is also a member of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, ranks in sixth position.
Launched in 2017, the Bachelor of Science program at École Polytechnique celebrates its first graduating class on July, 17, 2020. Admitted into the best universities in the world following their Bachelor’s degree, École Polytechnique Bachelor students have benefitted from a highly selective and multidisciplinary education taught entirely in English.
Sylvie Jacquemot from the Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation des Lasers Intenses has been elected new coordinator of Laserlab-Europe. This consortium coordinates new developments in laser research on a European scale.
In a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal, a team led by researchers at Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (Luli) have paved the way to unravelling the mystery as to why many supernova remnants that we observe from Earth are axisymmetric (elongated along one axis) rather than spherical.
Researchers at the Plasma Physics Laboratory have proposed a model for the transport of electrons in plasmas used in satellite thrusters. Their work made the cover of the journal Physics of plasmas in June 2020.
The European Louis Bachelier Prize is awarded this year to Mathieu Rosenbaum, professor at the Centre for Applied Mathematics at the École Polytechnique. This prize recognises major contributions to mathematical modelling in finance and financial risk control.
Although universal beauty is an ideal that artists, philosophers and scientists long for, it also divides them. Thanks to their statistical physical approach, Michael Benzaquen and his team brought the existence of a « beauty optimum » balanced between regularity and chaos.
The Board of Directors of École Polytechnique has agreed to the installation of a new Total innovation and research center in the future innovation park, a project led by the Public Planning Institution (EPA) Paris-Saclay, to be developed east of the Saclay plateau.
An international collaboration has shown that the very high-energy gamma-ray emission from quasars, galaxies with a highly energetic nucleus, is not concentrated in the region close to their central black hole but in fact extends over several thousand light-years along jets of plasma. This discovery. This work is published in the journal Nature.
Emmanuel Beaurepaire, CNRS Research Director at the Optics and Biosciences Laboratory is the winner of the European Microscopy Society 2020 Award in Life Sciences. This distinction rewards his contributions to the development of new microscopy techniques used in developmental biology and neurobiology.
Researchers at the Laboratoire pour l’utilisation des lasers intenses have evidenced magnetic fields generated by “Weibel” instabilities developing over surprisingly large distances in a laser-irradiated plasma. This phenomenon, interpreted with the help of CEA researchers, could explain gamma bursts and cosmic rays in astrophysics.