2016-2018: Professeur assistant, Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden

Septembre 2017 : Lauréat d'une bourse ERC Starting grant

Maître de Conférence à l’Ecole Polytechnique

Chercheur au CPHT (arrivée en septembre 2018) dans l'équipe de recherche : Théorie des cordes


Addresse CPHT, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau cedex, France
Tél. 01 69 33 42 17
Fax 01 69 33 49 49
Bureau Aile zéro, Pièce 00.1009



I am a theorist working at the interface between high energy theory and condensed matter. The holographic principle (aka gauge/gravity duality or ads/cft) is one of the most important insights coming out of string theory in the twentieth century. It lets us ask fundamental questions about gravity and the emergence of spacetime, but also about strongly-correlated quantum phases of matter in general.

The key questions I am trying to answer are:

What is the physics of cold black hole horizons in anti de Sitter spacetime (their scaling properties, the instabilities they are subject to), and what does it teach us about strongly-correlated quantum phases of matter? How can we describe thermoelectric transport without quasiparticles? This question is central for the understanding of high temperature superconductors (like the cuprates) which have resisted theoretical efforts for the past thirty years.

Current appointments

  • 2016-2018: Assistant Professor, Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden.

Past appointments

  • 2014-2016: Marie Curie Fellow, Stanford University and CNRS, France.
  • 2012-2014: Nordita Fellow, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2010-2012: Research and Teaching Fellow, University Paris Diderot Paris 7.

Honors and Awards

  • 2018-2023: ERC Starting Grant, Horizon 2020, "Hydrodynamics, holography and strongly-coupled quantum matter".
  • 2014: Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship, European Union's Seventh Framework Programme

Professional education

  • 2007-2010: PhD student, University Paris-Sud XI. 2003-2007: Student at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.