Control of condensed matter: A new Franco-Japanese International Associated Laboratory

Led in France by professor Eric Collet at Université de Rennes 1, this scientific collaboration involves four French universities, four Japanese universities and the CNRS. Its aim is to understand and master the modification of physical properties of materials with the help of light or electric fields

Group photograph of the LIA IM-LED Franco-Japanese © S.Ohkoshi

A cooperation agreement was signed on Monday 12th December 2016 between France and Japan for the creation of an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) IM-LED Impacting materials with light and electric fields and watching real time dynamics in the presence of His Excellency Thierry Dana, French ambassador in Japan, Niels Keller, deputy scientific director at the CNRS (National centre for scientific research) and representatives from the different partner universities.

A seminar took place on 12th and 13th December 2016 in Tokyo to present the project and discuss its major scientific orientations.

This project aims to structure the development of the emerging control science in the field of condensed matter at an international level. The goal is to understand and master the modification of physical properties of materials with the help of light or electric fields.

The French and Japanese participants are major players on the international stage in the study of these non-equilibrium mechanisms and their observation in real time on time scales reaching those of electronic processes or elementary molecular transformations.

The project, initiated with the CNRS, is led by professor Eric Collet of the Institute of Physics, Rennes at Université de Rennes 1 and professor Shin-ichi Ohkoshi of the University of Tokyo.

In France, it involves Université de Nantes (IMN) and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin (GEMAC). In Japan, the partners are the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the University of Tohoku and the University of Kyoto.
 

From a presentation published by the CNRS Institute of Physics