The LPN is headed by Dominique MAILLY, and is organized in eight strongly interacting groups which carry out the research programs of the laboratory. The technical means of the laboratory are organized in five services. A description of these groups and services is given below.
|Photonics and Quantum Electronics (PEQ):
The theme of this group focuses on the behavior of light in semiconductor structures in which the strong optical confinement leads to quantum or nonlinear effects. These effects may be exploited in fundamental functions for optical signal processing, such as memory, signal generation, and frequency conversion.
|Non-linear Photonics and Quantum
Information (PHOTONIQ): group leader
The activities of this group are centred on two complementary axes. On the one hand, the renewal of the concepts in quantum and nonlinear optics (particularly in the generation and the manipulation of entangled states), and on the other hand the design and evaluation of nonlinear structures obtained through nano- or micro-electronics techniques (e.g., photonic crystals).
|Optics of Semiconductor nanoStructures
(GOSS): group leader
This group develops mainly fundamental research activities aiming at the understanding, the prediction, and the exploitation of the optical and electro-optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures and of new semiconductor materials. It also includes the design and investigation of passive and active innovative photonic circuits, based on photonic crystals.
|Fabrication and Physics of Epitaxial
Structures (ELPHYSE): group leader
The research activities of the group include the growth of III-V alloys and quantum structures, their structural and chemical analysis (down to the subnanometer scale), the study of their electronic, optical and mechanical properties and of their modes of relaxation, and the realization of the first demonstration devices. The group interacts strongly with practically the whole laboratory.
|Physics and Technology of
Nanostructures (PHYNANO): group leader
The aim of this group is the understanding and exploitation of transport properties associated with the reduction of dimensions in nano-scale semiconductor, metallic, magnetic structures. The group develops a strong expertise on nanotechnology, on the growth of nanostructured high mobility heterostructures and on electronic spectroscopy at the atomic and nanometric scale by STM.
|Nanotechnology and Microfluidic Devices (NANOFLU) : group leader
This group mainly focuses on promoting nanofabrication in chemistry and biology. Using innovating technologies, devices able to manipulate complex fluids are realized and evaluated as integrated tools for analytical chemistry and life sciences.
|Physics of Devices (PHYDIS): group
The activities of this group concentrate mainly on devices based on III-V semiconductors and nanostructures for microelectronics and photonics (in particular, photodetection). They include designing the devices, developing and implementing fabrication technologies, evaluating their performance, testing, and modelling of devices and processes.
|Photonic Devices for Telecom
Applications (PHOTEL): group leader
The thematic field of this group is focused on optoelectronic and photonic devices for applications in optical communications, such as sources for high bit-rate networks, or devices for all-optical signal processing. The scope of these activities ranges from the design of innovative devices, their realization and the evaluation of their performance, to telecommunication system experimentation to validate their function.
These groups are strongly supported by five technical services that operate and manage the heavy equipment of the laboratory: