The center of Theoretical Physics (CPHT) at Ecole Polytechnique gathers research scientists working in diverse domains of fundamental and applied Physics. The overall coherence is assured by the corpus of common, transposable, mathematical and numerical methods.

CPHT is on the campus of Ecole Polytechnique, buildings 5 and 6. The reception offices are located in "building 6" , offices 06.1046 and 06.1045.

How to visit us 

The CPHT is formally divided into six groups:


Ecole Polytechnique 
91128 Palaiseau cedex 

Secretary phone number : 01 69 33 42 01 (from abroad: +33 169 334 201)
Fax number : 01 69 33 49 49 (from abroad: +33 169 334 201)
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- Professor at Baruch College (City University of New York)

- Visiting Professor supported by the "Jean d'Alembert" grant
  program of the Paris-Saclay University

Jamal Jalilian-Marian, professor at Baruch College - CUNY, joins the particle physics group of CPHT for a duration of one year, starting mid-september. He comes to us on a "Jean d'Alembert" grant, which was awarded to him by the Idex Paris-Saclay.

Grants program "Jean d'Alembert": the funded researchers

Professor Jalilian-Marian is a world-renowed theoretical physicist, expert in quantum chromodynamics. His work is directly connected with measurements performed by experimental physicists of several international collaborations, well represented in the physics department of École Polytechnique, and in the P2I department of the Paris-Saclay University.

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Mr LOIC HENRIET is going to presente for defense his thesis  


Non-Equilibrium dynamics of Many Body Quantum Systems

the 8th of September 2016  at  2:30 PM

Conference Room, Building 6


Abstract: This thesis deals with the study of dynamical properties of out-of-equilibrium quantum systems. We introduce in particular a general class of Spin-Boson models, which describe for example light-matter interaction or dissipative phenomena. We contribute to the development of a stochastic approach to describe the spin dynamics in these models. In this context, the effect of the bosonic environment is encapsulated into additional stochastic degrees of freedom whose time-correlations are determined by spectral properties of the bosonic environment. We use this approach to study many-body phenomena such as the dissipative quantum phase transition induced by an ohmic bosonic environment. Synchronization phenomena as well as dissipative topological transitions are identified. We also progress in the study of arrays of interacting light-matter systems. These theoretical developments follow recent experimental achievements, which could ensure a quantitative study of these phenomena. This notably includes ultra-cold atoms, trapped ions and cavity and circuit electrodynamics setups. We also investigate hybrid systems comprising electronic quantum dots coupled to electromagnetic resonators, which enable us to provide a spectroscopic analysis of many-body phenomena linked to the Kondo effect. We also introduce thermoelectric applications in these devices.



Antoine Georges, Professeur au Collège de France et chercheur au Centre de Physique Théorique de l'Ecole Polytechnique a reçu une bourse Synergie par le Conseil Européen de la Recherche en 2012.

Le projet "Frontiers in Quantum Materials Control" (QMAC) réunit Andrea Cavalleri (Institut Max Planck, Hamburg), Antoine Georges (CPHT-Ecole Polytechnique et Collège de France) Dieter Jaksch (Université d'Oxford) et Jean-Marc Triscone (Université de Genève).




Silke Biermann, Professeur chargée de cours et chercheuse au Centre de Physique Théorique à l’École polytechnique, a reçu une bourse d’excellence européenne du Conseil Européen de la Recherche. Elle a été primée dans la catégorie Consolidator Grant (ERC 2013), pour ses travaux de recherche sur les systèmes à fortes corrélations électroniques.

Nom du projet : ERC CORRELMAT "Predictive electronic structure calculations for materials with strong electronic correlations: long-range Coulomb interactions and many-body screening"



  • Professor at Columbia University
  • "2016 Visiting Professor" in the framework of the Columbia - Ecole Polytechnique - Alliance program


    Address CPHT, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau cedex, France
    Phone number +33-(0)1 69 33 42 92
    Fax number +33-(0)1 69 33 49 49
    Office "Aile zéro", office 1014


Boris Altshuler, professor at Columbia University, is visiting Ecole Polytechnique for a  period of 6 months, starting end of january 2016. He has been appointed Visiting Professor  in the framework of the Columbia - Ecole Polytechnique - Alliance program,

Professor Altshuler has made pioneering contributions to theoretical condensed matter physics, especially on Anderson localisation, including localisation and interactions. In recent years, he initiated the study of "Many Body Localisation", which is currently a very active field of research.
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During his visit to France, Boris Altshuler will share his time between the CPHT and IOGS on the Ecole Polytechnique campus, and the Institut de Physique du College de France. In April 2016, he will deliver a series of lectures on Anderson localisation and Many-Body Localisation, which will take place on the Ecole Polytechnique campus. 

Other link: Physics Department