CNRS Research director

Professor CC at École polytechnique

Head of the Quantum matter team at CPHT

Research team: Quantum matter

Laureate of an ERC Starting Grant 2010

Leconte Prize from the French Academy of Science 2012

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Address CPHT, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau cedex, France
Phone number (0) 1-69-33 42 13
Fax (0) 1-69-33 49 49
Office Aile zéro, Office 1010

Research Avtivities

My research activity is devoted to the theory of correlated quantum systems, more precisely on ultracold atoms and quantum simulators. I have first been studying the nonlinear dynamics of cold atoms in dissipative optical lattices and its applications to out-of-equilibrium statistical physics, incuding Brownian diffusion, stochastic resonance, and molecular ratchets (2000-2004). I then turned to the study of the effects of disorder in quantum systems, including localization in quasi-periodic systems, spin glasses, and random-field-induced order (2003-2008). A significant part of my work has been devoted to Anderson localization of matter waves in correlated disordered potentials (2005-2012) as well as to the interplay of disorder and interactions in correlated quantum systems and many-body localization (2007-2015). My research activities now focus on quantum phase transitions (including the Mott and Bose glass transitions) and out-of-equilibrium dynamics of strongly-correlated quantum systems (2013-...). Generally, my work use analytical as well as numerical developments and a part is performed in collaboration with experiments on ultracold atoms.

A Selection of publications

D. Clément, A.F. Varon, M. Hugbart, J.A. Retter, P. Bouyer, L. Sanchez-Palencia, D.M. Gangardt, G.V. Shlyapnikov et A. Aspect, Suppression of transport of an interacting elongated BEC in a random potential, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 170409 (2005)

L. Sanchez-Palencia, Smoothing effect and delocalization of interacting Bose-Einstein condensates in random potentials, Phys. Rev. A 74, 053625 (2006)

P. Lugan, D. Clément, P. Bouyer, A. Aspect, M. Lewenstein et L. Sanchez-Palencia, Ultracold Bose gases in 1D disorder: from Lifshits glass to BEC, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 170403 (2007)

L. Sanchez-Palencia, D. Clément, P. Lugan, P. Bouyer, G.V. Shlyapnikov et A. Aspect, Anderson localization of expanding Bose-Einstein condensates in random potentials, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 210401 (2007)

J. Billy, V. Josse, Z. Zuo, A. Bernard, B. Hambrecht, P. Lugan, D. Clément, L. Sanchez-Palencia, P. Bouyer et A. Aspect, Direct observation of Anderson localization of matter-waves in a controlled disorder, Nature 453, 891 (2008)

L. Sanchez-Palencia et M. Lewenstein, Disordered quantum gases under control, Nat. Phys. 6, 87-95 (2010)

F. Jendrzejewski, A. Bernard, K. Müller, P. Cheinet, V. Josse, M. Piraud, L. Pezzé, L. Sanchez-Palencia, A. Aspect et P. Bouyer, Three-dimensional localization of cold atoms in an optical disordered potential, Nat. Phys. 8, 398-403 (2012)

G. Carleo, G. Boéris, M. Holzmann et L. Sanchez-Palencia, Universal superfluid transition and transport properties of 2D dirty bosons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 050406 (2013) 

G. Carleo, F. Becca, L. Sanchez-Palencia, S. Sorella et M. Fabrizio, Light-cone effect and supersonic correlations in 1D and 2D bosonic superfluids, Phys. Rev. A 89, 031602(R) (2014)

G. Boéris, L. Gori, M.D. Hoogerland, A. Kumar, E. Lucioni, L. Tanzi, M. Inguscio, T. Giamarchi, C. D'Errico, G. Carleo, G. Modugno et L. Sanchez-Palencia, Mott transition for strongly-interacting one-dimensional bosons in a shallow periodic potential, Phys. Rev. A 93, 011601(R) (2016)

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