Atef is back

As we all miss him in the lab, our former postdoc Atef Shalabney, now in Braude College in Israël, will be back for a three weeks research stay from October 3rd. If you wish to meet him, he will be installed in room 107.


Mini symposium and PhD defense of Gabriel Schnoering

We are pleased to announce for next week a mini-symposium with two seminars on optical forces given by members of the PhD jury of Gabriel Schnoering:

Prof. Mikael KALL, from the Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology,Göteborg, Sweden, on Optically driven plasmonic nanorotors

and Prof. Romain QUIDANT from ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, on Nano-optomechanics with an optically levitated nanoparticle

This mini-symposium will take place in the conference room of ISIS, on Wednesday 21th of September at 3pm.

Then the next day, on Thursday 22. at 9.30am, Gabriel will defend his PhD thesis entitled  On the Brownian dynamics of a particle in a bistable optical trap. This work has been done under the supervision of Dr. Cyriaque Genet and Prof. T.W. Ebbesen.  A small reception will then follow at the 6th floor of ISIS.


May the (optical) force be with him…


Ultra-strong vibrational coupling

Here is a new paper accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters, where we demonstrate that a molecular vibration can be ultra-strongly coupled to multiple infra-red cavity modes, with Rabi splittings reaching 24% of the vibration frequencies. This effect induces a whole vibrational ladder of heavy polaritonic states perfectly resolved. The vibrational ultra-strong coupling regime,  which impact both the optical and the molecular properties of the coupled systems, thus offers promising possibilities in particular in the context of mode-selective chemistry. For now, you can read our work on arXiv and also download it from our publications page.


Welcome to Joan !

Since the 1st of September, Joan Teixidor has started a six months training in our lab. He is a former master student in microengineering from EPFL Lausanne. During his master project, done in Stanford, he built up a microfluidics system to study the mechanobiology of stem cells under uniaxial stretching. If you want to meet him, he is installed in room 120 and his adress is teixidor (at) unistra (dot) fr.