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Two École Polytechnique Researchers Awarded 2020 ERC Starting Grants

Landry Bretheau and Manas V. Upadhyay, assistant professors at Ecole Polytechnique in the Departments of Physics and Mechanics respectively, have been awarded 2020 ERC Starting Grants to help them set up their research teams in the fields of quantum circuits and additive manufacturing.
 
Awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), Starting Grants aim to support talented early-career researchers who have already provided excellent supervised work and who are ready to work independently as research team leaders. This year, École Polytechnique counts two prestigious winners among its researchers: Landry Bretheau, researcher at the Irradiated Solids Laboratory (LSI)[1], and Manas V. Upadhyay, researcher at the Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LMS)[2].
 
Landry Bretheau: Manipulate Coherently Condensed Matter Systems at the Single Fermion Level


 
For more than a century, Quantum Physics has revolutionized our understanding of nature behavior at small-scale and low-energy. Promising applications, such as quantum computation, secured long-distance communication, and analog simulation of complex problems seem to be within reach. However, there is still a huge landscape of fundamental physics to explore. For Landry Bretheau, a particularly exciting and challenging direction consists in revealing quantum information contained in condensed matter. To do so, Landry created the FERMIcQED project, which aims to probe and manipulate coherently condensed matter systems at the single fermion level. It consists of engineering hybrid architectures combining superconducting circuits and low-dimensional conductors in order to isolate novel electronic states and manipulate their quantum states coherently. In addition to its fundamental interest, this line of research could make it possible to identify new elementary quantum systems favorable for quantum information processing.
 
Landry Bretheau is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at École Polytechnique with a researcher position at the Irradiated Solids Laboratory (LSI). He graduated from École Polytechnique (X2005) and carried out his Ph.D. at the CEA Saclay. He then conducted two successive post-docs at ENS (France) and MIT (USA). His work has enabled him to make major contributions in the fields of mesoscopic superconductivity and quantum circuits, with the publication of remarkable articles in the scientific journals Nature, Science, and Physical Review as well as obtaining the École Polytechnique Thesis Award.
In 2017, he joined École Polytechnique to work on a new research theme with his colleague, Jean-Damien Pillet. To develop this new activity, Landry Bretheau was awarded a Young Team Fellowship from École Polytechnique and a Young Researcher Grant from the French National Research Agency, ANR JCJC. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Nicholas Kurti Science Prize.
 
Manas V. Upadhyay: Guiding Additive Manufacturing of Metals and Alloys



Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D-printing, of metallic alloys is a revolutionary technology that has the unique ability to simultaneously build complex part geometries and create material microstructure without requiring tooling. AM can provide substantial savings in energy, cost, and material, and it has the potential to gain unprecedented control over design of alloy microstructures during building. However, designing microstructures that exhibit desired mechanical performance is a tremendous challenge. With the GAMMA project, Manas first aims to develop multi-scale experiment-modeling synergies to understand the role of the inevitable solid-state heating/cooling that occurs during AM in changing the microstructure of metallic alloys during building; this is a highly underexplored and yet a very important aspect of any AM process. With this knowledge, he then aims to engineer parts exhibiting desired performance.
 
Manas V. Upadhyay is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanics at the École Polytechnique with a researcher position at the Solid Mechanics Laboratory (LMS). In 2009, he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai (India). He earned his Master’s of Science in 2012 and his PhD in 2014, in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He then conducted his post-doctoral research at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland). His research background lies at the crossroads between solid mechanics and materials science. He has received an Outstanding Reviewer award from Scripta Materialia in 2017 and the 2019 F2M Coup de Pouce (kickstarter) grant. For more details on his research activities, visit https://manas-upadhyay.com.
 
[1] LSI – A joint research unit between the CNRS and École Polytechnique
[2] LMS – A joint research unit between the CNRS and École Polytechnique

À propos de l’École polytechnique

Largement internationalisée (41% de ses étudiants, 40% de son corps d’enseignants), l’École polytechnique associe recherche, enseignement et innovation au meilleur niveau scientifique et technologique. Sa formation promeut une culture d’excellence à forte dominante en sciences, ouverte sur une grande tradition humaniste. À travers son offre de formation – bachelor, cycle ingénieur polytechnicien, master, programmes gradués, programme doctoral, doctorat, formation continue – l’École polytechnique forme des décideurs à forte culture scientifique pluridisciplinaire en les exposant à la fois au monde de la recherche et à celui de l’entreprise. Avec ses 23 laboratoires, dont 22 sont unités mixtes de recherche avec le CNRS, le centre de recherche de l’X travaille aux frontières de la connaissance sur les grands enjeux interdisciplinaires scientifiques, technologiques et sociétaux. L’École polytechnique est membre fondateur de l’Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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