Université Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC: a leading French university
Today, Pierre and Marie Curie University stands for French excellence in science and medicine. It is the 8th European university in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and 41th in the world.
UPMC participates in the development of high-level research, as proven by its many international prizes and medals and its collaboration with more than one hundred international universities. The University has seven UFRs (Unité de Formation et de Recherche; teaching and research departments) in chemistry; engineering; mathematics; medicine; physics; and life, Earth, environmental and biodiversity sciences.
UPMC – Laboratoire Kastler Brossel
The Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (LKB) has a unique scientific environment provided by three major institutions: Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). It has devoted itself to the development of the understanding of quantum mechanics and of its use to test fundamental theories. The research activity of LKB covers a very broad, multidisciplinary range, from fundamental tests of the equivalence principle to biological applications of quantum dots. These activities are structured in five research axes, one of them devoted to quantum optics and quantum information.
The group “Measurement and Quantum noise”, headed by Prof. Antoine Heidmann (CNRS research director), is a leader in the emerging field of optomechanics. It was founded in 1993 as a part of the quantum optics and quantum information axis, with the idea of exploring the quantum optical aspects of optomechanical coupling, either to perform quantum optics experiments using the related optical nonlinearity or to investigate quantum limits in position measurements.