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Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics

Welcome to SPEC!

We are the Condensed Matter Physics laboratory of IRAMIS (Saclay Institute for Radiation and Matter), a part of the French National Atomic Energy Commission (CEA: Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique) in Saclay, France.

SPEC is also "Unité de Recherche Associée" with the CNRS : URA CNRS 2464.

At SPEC, we strive to be at the forefront of fundamental Condensed Matter Physics Research. Our research interests encompass a wide variety of subject matters ranging from nano-to macro-scopic scales and from the most fundamental aspects of science to applications, patents and technology transfer.

Director: François Daviaud

Deputy Director: Patrice roche


This just in!


Etienne Klein from LARSIM has been elected to  "l'Académie des Technologies".





SPEC sends our heartfelt congratulation to Etienne. (12/2012)

 ... to find out more (French site)


The Jacques Herbrand prize (Prix de physique, Grand Prix de l'Académie des Sciences) was awarded to Patrice Bertet from Quantronique lab. This prize recognizes  young researchers who has made significant contribution to the advancement in physical sciences and/or in civilian applications. Congratulations Patrice!! (11/2012)

 ...to find out more (French site)

Research Activities

The SPEC is organized in 8 groups with scientific activities developing along 6 main research themes. To find out more please visit our research themes page and/or click on groups of your interests found below.

Labs in SPEC

pucetSystèmes Physiques Hors-équilibre, hYdrodynamique, éNergie et compleXes/ Physics of Out-of-Equilibrium, Hydrodynamic, Energy and Complex Systems
pucetLaboratoire d'Electronique Moléculaire
pucetNanoélectronique / Nanoelectronics
pucetNano-Magnétisme et Oxydes
pucetQuantronique / Quantronics

Scientific and Technological Collaborations

SPEC is involved in many collaborations, within the CEA and at the national and international levels: examples of our past and present collaboration research projects.


Outreach Program

SPEC participates in numerous public outreach prgorams. Quantronique et SPHYNX were present at the "Journées Portes Ouvertes Internes - 60 ans de Saclay (Internal Open House- Saclay 60 years anniversary" in October 2012 to share their research activities with the public.



last update : 12-10 12:03:39-2013 (468)

Research topics

Research groups / Laboratories

Group of Mesoscopic Physics and Thermoelectricity
Home GMT
Welcome to the webpage of the group "Mesoscopic Physics and Thermoelectricity"! The group was formed in late 2010 in order to better understand the theoretical aspects of thermoelectricity, at a fundamental level. It is part of the strategy of the CEA to develop its research activities ... More »
Laboratory of Organic Electronics and nanoPhotonics (LEPO)

This Group of research gathers the activities in the field:

- Organic semiconductors (team CEA-Paris VI, UMR 711)
- Optical properties (Nanophotonic)

Nano-Magnetism and Oxides
CAPMAG gathers laboratories of the CEA/DRECAM working in the field of the nanomagnetism. The principal research topics of Capmag are: - Epitaxial growth of magnetic oxides - Spin-polarized transport in artificial structures - Dynamics and high frequency noise in small magnetic structures - ... More »
Nanoélectronique / Nanoelectronics
The NANOELECTRONICS GROUP activities explore the quantum properties of nano-conductors. In the past, the group developed the world's first electronic quantum shot noise measurements to show the quantum noise suppression by the Fermi statistics,  to evidence the e/3 fractional charges in ... More »
Quantronique / Quantronics


Systèmes Physiques Hors-équilibres hYdrodynamiques éNergie et compleXité
WELCOME TO SPHYNX HOMEPAGE  (notre page en français)   ABOUT US       (pdf file) (2008-2013, pdf ... More »

Technique fields


The non-conventional properties of quantum electronic circuits
J. Gabelli1, G. Fève1, J.-M. Berroir1, B. Plaçais1, A. Cavanna2, B. Etienne2, Y. Jin2, D. C. Glattli1,3
A mixed team from ENS / CNRS / CEA-Saclay (SPEC) of the Pierre Aigrain Laboratory has for the first time highlighted the remarkable behavior of an electronic circuit when its miniaturization is extreme. These results are published in the journal Science. Researchers have shown that the basic ... More »
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