The center for 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 a joint research unit of CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, and has a partnership with the Collège de France. His director is Jean-René Chazottes, Senior Researcher at CNRS.
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.

Postal Address :
Ecole Polytechnique 
91128 Palaiseau cedex 

Secretary phone number : 01 69 33 42 01 (from abroad: +33 169 334 201)

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The European project STRONG-2020 has obtained a funding of about 10 Million Euro for the next five years. The QCD team of CPHT participates in this collaborative ambitious program which aims at resolving a list of open questions at the forefront of our present knowledge in this field at the frontier of nuclear and particle physics. This includes a full understanding of the tridimensional structure of the proton, the spectroscopy of hadrons and their exotic states and the properties of the hot and dense quark-gluon plasma. This program will help unify and enforce the theoretical and experimental studies of the strong interaction, a vivid subject that attracts an active community of about 2500 researchers in Europe.

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Dario Benedetti
(LPT / Université Paris Sud)

From quantum gravity to conformal tensor models

I will present an overview of the path leading from non-perturbative approaches to quantum gravity to the recent development of field theories in the so-called "melonic limit".
Along such path one encounters topics such as asymptotic safety, dynamical triangulations, tensor models, AdS/CFT duality, and more. I will try to make sense of all that.




L’École polytechnique vient de se voir attribuer quatre bourses individuelles au titre du programme européen « Actions Marie Skłodowska-Curie », représentant un taux exceptionnel de réussite de 30% des candidatures alors que le taux moyen est de 14%.

Pour le CPHT, les deux lauréats sont Evgeny Stepanov et Blagoje Oblak.

Evgeny Stepano sera accueilli au sein de l’équipe de Silke Biermann. Il est actuellement à l'Institut des molécules et matériaux de Nijmegen.

Blagoje Oblak intègrera l’équipe de Marios Petropoulos. Il est actuellement  à  l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zürich.

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Urko Reinosa fait partie des 143 « Outstanding Referees » choisis par les éditeurs des journaux Physical Review en 2019. Ces outstanding referees sont sélectionnés parmi les 71000 referees en activité.

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Instituted in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program expresses appreciation for the essential work that anonymous peer reviewers do for our journals. Each year a small percentage of our 71,000 active referees are selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. Selections are made based on the number, quality, and timeliness of referee reports as collected in a database over the last 30 years. A full listing and further details on the program are available here:



In 2019 we will be celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Centre de Physique Théorique, founded in 1958 by Louis Michel. This institute is part of the Ecole Polytechnique research centre, widely acknowledged for its scientific diversity and international leadership, as well as for the prominent role of its members in teaching and outreach activities.

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Les 4 et 11 décembre 2018, une série de leçons sera organisée sur le thème

Many-body quantum chaos: from black holes to hydrodynamics

par Sašo Grozdanov – MIT

  • First and second lectures: Tuesday December 4 11:00 & 14:00 – salle Louis Michel – CPHT
  • Third and fourth lectures: Tuesday December 11 11:00 & 14:00 – salle Louis Michel – CPHT

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The PhD day of the CPHT will take place on November 15, in the conference room Louis Michel. We will start at 10:00.

 10h-12h30 :

·         [10h00-10h30] : Direction Déléguée Programme Doctoral

·         [10h30-10h45] Luca CIAMBELLI : AdS/CFT : The fluid road to holography

·         [10h45-11h] Ariane SORET : Superconductivity and out-of-equilibrium systems

·         [11h-11h15] Jan MAELGER : QCD from perturbation theory

·         [11h15-11h30] Pablo GUERRERO RODRIGUEZ : The non-linear regime of quantum chromodynamics in the context of relativistic heavy-ion collisions

·         [11h30-11h45] Guillaume BROCHARD : Kinetic effects of energetic particles on magneto-hydrodynamics instabilities in tokamak plasmas

·         [11h45-12h] Jakob STEINBAUER : Slave-rotor techniques in many-body electrons systems

·         [12h-12h15] Quentin BONNEFOY : Topics in BSM physics

·         [12h15-12h30] Julien DESPRES : Far-from-equilibrium dynamics in quantum lattice models

12h30-14h : pause

14h-15h30 :

·         [14h-14h15] Hepeng YAO : Low dimensional ultracold atom gases

·         [14h15-14h30] Grégoire VARILLON : Non-modal hydrodynamic stability analysis for ablation flows relative to inertial confinement fusion

·         [14h30-14h45] Fan YANG : Topological phases and interaction effects

·         [14h45-15h] Marcello TURTULICI "Ab-initio" materials simulations for correlated electron systems with vacancies

·         [15h-15h15] Mufei LUO : Auto-resonance in three-wave interactions with bandwidth

·         [15h15-15h30] Charles MARTEAU : Flat holography

15h30-15h45 : pause

·         [15h45-16h] Thibaut COUDARCHET : Cosmological Higgs mechanism and dark matter creation in a string theory framework

·         [16h-16h15] Philipp KLEIN : Topological effects in layer systems

·         [16h15-16h30] Dung LE : QCD at high energy and high density: theory, links with statistical physics problems, and phenomenology

·         [16h30-16h45] Louis VILLA : Strongly interacting quantum systems in 1d

16h45 : goûter



Au cours de l’automne 2018, une série de leçons sera organisée sur le thème

Stochastic quantisation of QFTs & applications to quantum gravity and early cosmology

par Laurent Baulieu – LPTHE UPMC

  • First lecture Thursday October 4 Motivations in early cosmology and quantum gravity

Jeudi 4 octobre 2018 à 11h00 - salle Louis Michel – CPHT

  • Second and third lectures

Basics on stochastic quantisation

Vendredi 12 octobre à 11:00 & 14:00 – salle Louis Michel – CPHT

  • Fourth and fifth lectures

Stochastic quantisation and gauge fields

Vendredi 9 novembre - 11:00 & 14:00 – salle Louis Michel – CPHT

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