Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

This site presents the quantum physics initiatives of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. You'll find course offerings on this topic, information on the topics we're working on in our laboratories or looking for candidates, as well as information on the QuantEdu France project, which supports our training offer in quantum technologies.



The Physics Department of the ENS de Lyon offers a solid training in quantum sciences and technologies through courses at L3, M1 and M2 levels. The program covers all aspects of contemporary physics, but a selection of courses particularly suited to quantum science and technology are shown in the illustration below. The minimum number of modules to be taken in each semester is indicated.

We are offering a winter school from January 15 to 19, 2024 at ENS Lyon, giving an introduction to quantum technologies.If you are interested, please register on the school website.


The Computer Science department at ENS de Lyon offers training in fundamental computer science, including an introduction to quantum computation (M1S1 Quantum Computer Science course) and post-quantum cryptography (M1S2 Cryptography and Security course and M2 courses).


The Mathematics Department at ENS Lyon offers a Master's degree in Advanced Mathematics, co-accredited with Claude Bernard University (Lyon 1). Courses on the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics and its applications are a regular feature. Recent examples: On the nonlinear Schrödinger equation (Nikolay Tzvetkov, 2023-2024), Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information Theory (Guillaume Aubrun, 2023-2024), Topological phases of matter (Johannes Kellendonk, 2023-2024), Quantum Field Theory and Renormalization (Alessandra Frabetti, 2023-2024), Many-body quantum mechanics and mean-field limits (Nicolas Rougerie, 2021-2023)... link to MA2 page

Some of the analysis and probability courses offered by the MA1 "advanced mathematics" are also relevant to the foundations of quantum mechanics, in particular Partial differential equations (Laurent Laflèche), Spectral theory (Amine Marrakchi), Stochastic processes (Emmanuel Jacob). link to MA1 page


The Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon offers training courses in various related fields that could be useful to your professional project.

Creating educational games: from card games to video games

From March to April, we're offering a module on teaching through games. Pol Grasland-Mongrain, a specialist in the ludification of science, and James Keohane, a specialist in Godot programming, will teach you how to use and create board games and video games to disseminate scientific concepts, particularly in quantum physics. The module will conclude with the creation of a game. The course outline can be found here.

A related event took place in 2023 at ENS Lyon and will certainly be repeated: the Scientific Game Jam. You can play the game that won the competition: Quantum Para-dice.


The ENS de Lyon is part of the Beelys program run by the Université de Lyon (information here), which helps students to become entrepreneurs. We also have an agreement with HEC to enable our students to take an entrepreneurship course there. We also have a partnership agreement with EM Lyon with modules open to our students in mathematical finance and cultural management.

In the field of quantum technologies, the ENS de Lyon has already led to the creation of a company. It was at the end of his thesis at the ENS de Lyon that Théau Peronnin won the I-PhD competition and co-founded the startup Alice and Bob, which works closely with the ENS de Lyon.



Here is a list of available internships or PhD projects on the theme of quantum science and technology at the ENS de Lyon.

Entanglement in electron quantum optics

  • Type: Theoretical physics
  • Advisors: Pascal Degiovanni (DR1 CNRS, ENS Lyon)
  • Funding: To be determined
  • Starting date: Internship in the Spring 2024, PhD studies in September 2024
  • How to apply:
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Microwave resonators within quantum Hall edge channels

  • Type: Theoretical physics
  • Advisors: Ines Safi (CR HDR CNRS) et Pascal Degiovanni (DR1 CNRS, ENS Lyon)
  • Funding: To be determined
  • Starting date: Internship in the Spring 2024, PhD studies in September 2024
  • How to apply:
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Generating quantum state of the electro-magnetic fields from the quantum back action of a single electron

  • Type: Theoretical physics
  • Advisors: Pascal Degiovanni (DR1 CNRS, ENS Lyon)
  • Funding: To be determined
  • Starting date: Internship in the Spring 2024, PhD studies in September 2024
  • How to apply:
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Quantum-to-classical transition seen through quantum signals: reconstruction of a classical image from a network of observers

  • Type: Theoretical physics, Quantum information
  • Advisors: Feller Alexandre (CPJ, PhLAM Lille), Adam Rançon (MCF, PhLAM Lille)
  • Funding: Funded
  • Starting date: Internship in Spring 2024, PhD studies in September 2024
  • How to apply: alexandre.feller@univ-lille.fr
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At the ENS de Lyon, there are a number of ways in which theses on quantum science and technology can be funded. Those who have attended the ENS de Lyon can apply for a contrat doctoral spécifique normalien (CDSN). The EDPHAST doctoral school also offers theses grants. Last but not least, research groups are potentially eligible for research contracts to finance their theses.

As part of France 2030's QuantEdu-France project, the ENS de Lyon can also award doctoral grants to people wishing to do their thesis in an ENS de Lyon laboratory in physics, computer science or mathematics, on a project involving quantum science and technology. Those interested are invited to send a brief dossier in PDF format to the following e-mail address before April 7, 2024 midnight including:

The selection committee, made up of Omar Fawzi, Serge Florens (Chairman), Benjamin Huard and Tommaso Roscilde, will publish a ranking before the end of April.


Quantum Circuit Group

Our research group explores the physics of information in quantum devices, which we design, realize and measure. These objects can be viewed as quantum machines processing information. In contrast with ordinary devices, in which quantum mechanics enters only at the level of individual electrons, the degrees of freedom of these machines at the signal level behave according to the laws of quantum mechanics.
Topics of our current interest include amplification of quantum signals, electron spin resonance at the nanoscale, quantum feedback and trajectory, thermodynamics of quantum information, microwave quantum optics, quantum error correction and quantum measurement. Principal investigators: Audrey Bienfait, Sylvain Hermelin, Benjamin Huard.

ENIQMA (ENtangled Interacting Quantum MAtter) group

Our research group works on the theory of quantum many-body systems; and in particular on how quantum many-body physics can be harnessed to prepare, certify and exploit entangled quantum states of large ensembles of particles. We make use of state-of-the-art theoretical and numerical approaches to study equilibrium states as well as the dynamics of many-body systems far from equilibrium. And we develop scalable methods to certify entanglement as well as other properties of quantum correlation (quantum coherence, Bell nonlocality, etc.). Our predictions are inspired by the works of several experimental groups developing quantum simulations with atomic-physics platforms, or working on quantum correlations in quantum materials. Principal investigators: Fabio Mezzacapo,Tommaso Roscilde.

Electronic quantum optics

Thanks to technological advances in nanofabrication and radio-frequency techniques, it has become possible to explore the physics of electronic circuits in the regime where quantum effects dominate, and even to prepare, manipulate and measure their quantum states. In particular, it is now possible to generate, characterize and manipulate electrical currents made up of one to a few electrons in well-defined quantum states. This emerging field is known as electronic quantum optics. Our current research aims to develop a theoretical framework for electron quantum optics, an emerging field that aims to manipulate the quantum state of one or a few electrons in a conductor. This ultimate form of electric current is now sufficiently well controlled for applications to be envisaged. We are interested in the measurement of microwave electromagnetic fields with pico-second time resolution using single-electron interferometers, in the use of single electron wave packets as quantum information carriers (electron qubits), and in the study of quantum electromagnetic radiation radiated by such quantum electric currents. Finally, we are interested in studying and characterizing the quantum entanglement conveyed by these currents. Principal investigator: Pascal Degiovanni.

QInfo team

QInfo is an Inria Project-Team focusing on quantum information. We develop mathematical and algorithmic tools to make optimal use of quantum information resources. Information-processing devices that can take advantages of the laws of quantum theory have an important potential in terms of computation, communication and secrecy. However, the quantum devices available today are all affected by unwanted noise: the actual behavior of the device only matches approximately with the model they were designed for. Such an unwanted deviation from the model can have devastating effects for the information processing applications: for example, in the context of quantum computation, the accumulation of noise can render the outcome of the computation completely useless. This project aims to develop methods and algorithms to optimally reduce the undesirable effect caused by noise on quantum information processing tasks. Principal investigators: Alastair Abbott, Guillaume Aubrun, Omar Fawzi, Daniel Stilck França, Mischa Woods.

Theory of Quantum Matter

Our research group works on various theoretical research directions in the field of quantum matter, with the goal of elucidating the physical properties of new quantum phases of matter, particularly magnetic properties, electrical and thermal transport. They employ and develop a diverse array of theoretical tools, including numerical techniques such as variational Monte Carlo methods, finite-temperature quantum Monte Carlo, exact diagonalization, as well as analytical methods such as bosonization, diagrammatic methods in field theory, renormalization group, and variational methods. This allows them to tackle a wide range of situations where correlations, quantum fluctuations, or long-range interactions play important roles. Among other topics, the team investigates spin ice and its magnetic excitations, non-equilibrium dynamics and droplet formation in cold atom gases, spin liquids, as well as the effects of disorder-induced localization in Dirac and Weyl semimetals, in connection with the theme of Topological Systems.Principal investigators: Peter Holdsworth, Edmond Orignac, Lucile Savary.

Theory of topological systems

Our team combines various numerical and analytical techniques (adiabatic theory, semiclassical methods, field theory) and draws from mathematics (differential geometry, index theorems) to describe the topological aspects of a wide range of physical systems. We are particularly interested in study the interplay between topological properties and other aspects, such as disorder, nonlinearity, or non-Hermiticity in these systems. In the quantum domain, for example, we are interested in Weyl semimetals, artificial gauge fields with cold atoms, quantum dynamics induced by topological couplings between different degrees of freedom, and the emergence of analog gravitational effects in certain topological materials. In the classical domain, we explore new topological states in mechanics, photonics, acoustics, as well as in fluids, with applications in geophysics and astrophysics involving wave phenomena.Principal investigators: David Carpentier, Pierre Delplace, Andrei Fedorenko.


The Unité de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (UMPA), ENSL's mathematics laboratory, is active in mathematical physics, particularly in its "Analysis and Modeling" and "Probability" teams. Themes at the interface with quantum physics are well represented: N-body quantum mechanics, mean-field limits (Laurent Laflèche, Nicolas Rougerie), Analyse semi-classique (Paul Alphonse, Laurent Laflèche), semi-classical analysis (Paul Alphonse, Laurent Laflèche), dispersive partial differential equations (Nicolas Rougerie, Nikolay Tzvetkov), Random matrices and tensors (Alice Guionnet), Stochastic quantization, Euclidean quantum field theory (Jean-Christophe Mourrat, Nicolas Rougerie), Spin glasses (Jean-Christophe Mourrat), Operator algebras (Amine Marrakchi)


The quantum strategy of the France 2030 program is funding a training project involving some twenty universities in France, including the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. As part of this project, the ENS de Lyon is offering doctoral grants, as well as a number of other initiatives to enhance the quality of our training in quantum technologies. For example, we have been able to acquire experimental equipment enabling us to propose experimental projects on quantum entanglement, quantum bit manipulation, optomechanical coupling and atomic imaging.

The aim of the QuanTEdu-France project is to consolidate interactions between academics from all disciplines, researchers and local and national economic players. It is also essential for fundamental research and industrial players to be able to draw on enhanced and improved strategic skills. To this end, the QuanTEdu-France project is proposing an ambitious program to fund doctoral contracts, including a managerial and entrepreneurial component. Beyond these initial training initiatives, the development of human capital and future talent needs to be supported by an ambitious continuing education program, in order to double the pool of quantum technology experts by 2027.


The QuanTEdu-France project funds a maximum of one scholarship a year for students interested in training in quantum science and technology. In concrete terms, this means joining a Master's degree in Mathematical Sciences (Physics), Advanced Mathematics or Fundamental Computing, and committing to an internship in quantum science and technology at ENS Lyon. The project is funded as part of the France 2030 program.


ENS de Lyon students interested in attending a winter or summer school on the theme of quantum science and technology can apply for funding to take part. Numerous one- or two-week courses are held every year, particularly in Europe. Don't miss out! Write to to request a financial contribution up to a maximum of 300€.


De France Excellence Quantum-studiebeurzen ondersteunen Nederlandse studenten en jonge onderzoekers in het hoger onderwijs die een masterstudie willen volgen of onderzoek willen doen in Frankrijk. Deze beurs is ook bestemd voor Franse studenten en jonge onderzoekers in het hoger onderwijs die een masterstudie willen volgen of onderzoek willen doen in Nederland. In samenwerking met: QuantEduFrance & Quantum Delta NL. Alle informatie hier.


On Friday January 12, 2024 the company Les Ateliers du Spectacle came to present a Scientific Impromptu around superconductivity.

A metal cooled to the extreme becomes superconducting: it carries electric current without resistance or loss of energy. But what happens in this metal to make such a phenomenon possible? To to understand it, we'll be following quantum physicist Hugues de la Masse, amidst nitrogen vapors and flying particles, quantum physics researcher Hugues Pothier. We meet these electrons who haven't chosen between here and there.
Hugues Pothier is a quantum physics researcher in the Quantronics Group Quantronics group in the Condensed State Physics Service (SPEC) at CEA-Paris-Saclay. Saclay.

A production of the Les ateliers du spectacle company.CEA Paris Saclay coproduction with support from QuantEdu France and the European Union’enne – Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (No 828948), the Région Île de France – La Science pour tous and the Diagonale Paris-Saclay.


Students at the ENS de Lyon can take part in the organization of the Fête de la Science. The QuantEdu project will finance the construction of workshops on quantum science and technology.


Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Département de Physique

Laboratoire de Physique à l'ENS de Lyon