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Four ERC Consolidator grant recipients
Research
31.01.23
Four ERC Consolidator grant recipients
Camille Duprat (Hydrodynamics Laboratory), Roland Rathelot (Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics), Balt Van Rees (Centre for Theoretical Physics) and Maks Ovsjanikov (Computer Science Laboratory of the École Polytechnique) are carrying out projects funded by the European Research Council.
 Deflecting lightning with a laser lightning rod
Research
16.01.23
Deflecting lightning with a laser lightning rod
Thanks to a high-powered laser installed on the summit of Säntis (Switzerland), a European consortium led by the Laboratoire d’optique appliquée has succeeded in influencing the trajectory of lightning. These results are published in the journal Nature Photonics.
Manas Upadhyay receives an award from the French Society for Metallurgy and Materials
Research
15.12.22
Manas Upadhyay receives an award from the French Society for Metallurgy and Materials
Manas Upadhyay, an Assistant Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, is awarded the Jean & André Rist Medal 2022 for his work on understanding the microstructure of materials. His research at the Solid Mechanics Laboratory is currently directed towards making metal additive manufacturing more sustainable.
Magnetic reconnection studied in the laboratory
Research
08.12.22
Magnetic reconnection studied in the laboratory
In many astrophysical processes such as solar flares, particle acceleration is likely to result from the reconnection of different magnetic field lines. In a paper published in Nature Communications, a team including researchers from the Intense Laser Laboratory and the Plasma Physics Laboratory shows that the geometry of these field lines plays a crucial role.
Launch of the Alexander Friedmann Fund
Education, Research
06.12.22
Launch of the Alexander Friedmann Fund
Created to support various scientific activities associated to the field of cosmology, the Alexander Friedmann Fund was launched on December 05, 2022 by the first Colloquium Friedmann. Frank Eisenhauer from Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Germany) inaugurated these conferences by speaking about “The galactic center black hole, the effects of general relativity, and how to observe them”.
Visiting professorships at Columbia University and École Polytechnique
Research
23.11.22
Visiting professorships at Columbia University and École Polytechnique
Christophe Josserand, CNRS researcher and professor at École Polytechnique, and Qiang Du, Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, spent three months as visiting professors at the respective other institution in the United States and France. As they crossed paths at École Polytechnique this autumn, they agreed to tell us about their visiting professorships and experience at the partner institutions.
The European Research Council funds three young researchers
Research
22.11.22
The European Research Council funds three young researchers
Fabian Cadiz of the Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Adrien Leblanc of the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée and Félix Tropf of the Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics have been awarded ERC Starting Grants by the European Research Council to set up research teams in their respective fields.
Atomic scale observation and manipulation of spins in semiconductors
Research
22.11.22
Atomic scale observation and manipulation of spins in semiconductors
Fabian Cadiz, a researcher at the Laboratory of Condensed Matter for Physics, has been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for OneSpin, a project on two-dimensional semiconductors.
Improving quantum electrodynamics description
Research
22.11.22
Improving quantum electrodynamics description
Generate an intense electromagnetic field using a relativistic plasma mirror, in order to collide it with electrons: this is the ambition of the EXAFIELD project of Adrien Leblanc, CNRS researcherat the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (Laboratory of Applied Optics, LOA*), funded by an Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
Genetics in social models
Research
22.11.22
Genetics in social models
How much of the inequalities in our wealth, health, and family planning can we explain with our current statistical models and data? This is one of the questions that Felix Tropf, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST*) wishes to answer with his FINDME project, funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
COP27: École Polytechnique as observer
Sustainable Development, Education, Research
Facile
18.11.22
COP27: École Polytechnique as observer
A delegation of researchers and students from École Polytechnique and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris attended COP27, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The conference took place from 6 to 18 November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Nikhil Desai and Sébastien Michelin awarded for their research on microswimmers
Research
16.11.22
Nikhil Desai and Sébastien Michelin awarded for their research on microswimmers
The researchers receive the François Frenkiel Award from the American Physical Society for their work at the Hydrodynamics Laboratory on the modelling of active drops moving in a fluid.