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Univ. Paris-Saclay
Daniel Estève


Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé

Groupe Quantronique

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Position and functions   

Research director, head of  Quantronics

Research fields

Mesoscopic physics, mesoscopic superconductivity

Quantum transport,  dynamical Coulomb blockade, Coulomb blockade in tunnel junction circuits,  single electron devices, single Cooper pair electronics, Josephson junctions and Josephson effects, atomic-size contacts,  Andreev bound states.

Quantum electrical circuits,  quantum information processing with  superconducting circuits 

superconducting quantum bits,  superconducting  quantum processors,

Hybrid circuits for quantum information processing, quantum physics with  electrical circuits

Quantum microwaves

quantum optics with microwave photons in Josephson junction circuits



Born on February 2nd , 1954 in  Montpellier (France).  

Married, two children, two grand-children


Address :

Service de Physique de l’Etat Condensé
Tel : +33 (0)1 69 08 55 29


Head of Quantronics


Other functions:

  • Member of the scientific council of the  European Research Council (2006-2013),  elected vice-chair / vice-president 2006-2011
  • Member of the board  of  Labex Palm  theme 1 (elementary and correlated quantum systems)
  • Member of the academic senate of the future UPSay university
  • Member of the Académie des Sciences, and of Academia Europaea
  • member of the scientific council of the Laboratoire National d'Essais (LNE)


2011: elected member of the Academia Europaea

2005: elected member of the Académie des Sciences

2005: founding member of the European Research  Council (ERC) , elected vice-chair of the ERC council, ERC vice-president  (2006-2011).

2001: Research Director  at CEA.

1998: elected corresponding member of the Académie des Sciences 

1984: creation of the Quantronics group with Michel DEVORET  and Cristian URBINA.

The aim of Quantronics is to design, fabricate and operate electrical circuits that behave quantum mechanically.

1982: permanent position in the "Service de Physique du Solide et de Résonance Magnétique"

1977-1982 : PhD studies

  • Thèse d’état  on orientational glasses in disordered molecular solids (analogous to  spin glasses but for molecule  orientations). 
  • Thèse de 3ème cycle    

1973-1977: Undergraduate studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure de St Cloud,   Agrégation de Physique    



Supervision and collaborations:

I have  co-supervised  the research of 20 PhD   students, and about the same number of post-doctoral visitors. I have established collaborations with Prof. John Clarke (Berkeley U.), Prof.  H. Grabert (Freiburg U.), Prof. J. Ankerhold (Ulm U.), Prof. H. Mooij (T.U. Delft), Prof. J. van Ruitenbeek (Leyden U.), Prof.  N.O. Birge (Michigan U.), Dr. Gennady Mikhailov (Chernogolovka), and Prof. Levy-Yeyati (Madrid U.).


Germain prize,  Collège de France.

Ampère prize of Académie des Sciences 1991, with M. Devoret.

Agilent Europhysics prize 2004, with J.E. Mooij, Y. Nakamura and M. Devoret.



 Author or co-author of  250 scientific publications (ISI)  including 10 book chapters.

 7800 citations (ISI) , h index : 48.

10  recent publications (2010-2013)


- Strong Coupling of a Spin Ensemble to a Superconducting Resonator Y. Kubo, F. R. Ong, P. Bertet, D. Vion, V. Jacques, D. Zheng, A. Dréau, J.-F. Roch, A. Auffeves, F. Jelezko, J. Wrachtrup, M.F. Barthe, P. Bergonzo, D. Esteve, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 140502 (2010)  (see also Viewpoint in Physics: Towards superconductor-spin ensemble hybrid quantum systems

- Experimental violation of a Bell's inequality in time with weak measurement A. Palacios-Laloy, F. Mallet, F. Nguyen, P. Bertet, D. Vion, D. Esteve and A. Korotkov, Nature Phys. 6, 442 (2010)

- The bright side of Coulomb blockade M. Hofheinz, F. Portier, Q. Baudouin, P. Joyez, D. Vion, P. Bertet, P. Roche, D. Esteve, arXiv:1102.0131, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 217005 (2011).

- Hybrid Quantum Circuit with a Superconducting Qubit Coupled to a Spin Ensemble Y. Kubo, C. Grezes, A. Dewes, T. Umeda, J. Isoya, H. Sumiya, N. Morishita, H. Abe, S. Onoda, T. Ohshima, V. Jacques, A. Dréau, J.-F. Roch, I. Diniz, A. Auffeves, D. Vion, D. Esteve, and P. Bertet, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 220501 (2011)

- Circuit QED with a Nonlinear Resonator: ac-Stark Shift and Dephasing F. R. Ong, M. Boissonneault, F. Mallet, A. Palacios-Laloy, A. Dewes, A. C. Doherty, A. Blais, P. Bertet, D. Vion, and D. Esteve, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 167002 (2011).                              

- Quantum speeding-up of computation demonstrated in a superconducting two-qubit processor A. Dewes, R. Lauro, F. R. Ong, V. Schmitt, P. Milman, P. Bertet, D. Vion and D. Esteve. Phys. Rev. B 85, 140503(R) (2012)  arxiv:1110.5170

 -Characterization of a two-transmon processor with individual single-shot qubit readout  A. Dewes, F. R. Ong, V. Schmitt, R. Lauro, N. Boulant, P. Bertet, D. Vion and D. Esteve. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 057002 (2012)  arXiv:1109.6735

- Electron spin resonance detected by a superconducting qubit  Y. Kubo, I. Diniz, C. Grezes, T. Umeda, J. Isoya, H. Sumiya, T. Yamamoto, H. Abe, S. Onoda, T. Ohshima, V. Jacques, A. Dréau, J.-F. Roch, A. Auffeves, D. Vion, D. Esteve, and P. Bertet, Phys. Rev. B 86, 064514 (2012)  arXiv:1207.1139

- Quantum Heating of a Nonlinear Resonator Probed by a Superconducting QubitF. R. Ong, M. Boissonneault, F. Mallet, A. C. Doherty, A. Blais, D. Vion, D. Esteve, and P. Bertet, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 047001 (2013)

- Exciting Andreev pairs in a superconducting atomic contact, L. Bretheau, Ç. Girit, H. Pothier, D. Esteve, C. Urbina, Nature 499, 312 (2013). Supplementary material HERE.



 Mesoscopic physics, Coulomb blockade, single electron devices, quantum computing

2013: mesoscopic superconductivity (Cargese 13 school)

        Mesoscopic physics,  Nanosciences M2 master,   PSud University



Past editor of  Images de la Physique, past divisional associate editor of  Physical Review Letters.

Co-organisor of  workshops and schools (co-director of the 2003 Les Houches summer school "Quantum entanglement and information processing") 


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