Sylvain Ravets

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My name is Sylvain Ravets and I am an experimental physicist working, since January 1st 2018, as a CNRS researcher in France. I am currently based in Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (C2N) located near Paris, in Marcoussis (soon in Palaiseau). My main research interest is quantum optics and quantum engineering using nanofabricated photonic systems. On a daily basis, we use (laser) light and optics to study synthetic materials that we produce in the lab. The goal of this research is to fabricate materials with tailored properties that are interesting for fundamental studies in physics as well as for potential applications in photonics.

Biography

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Short CV

  • 2018: CNRS researcher – Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (C2N), Université Paris Saclay, France.
    Project: Quantum simulation in arrays of polariton microcavities.
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral researcher in the “Quantum Photonics” group led by Atac Imamoglu, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
    Project: Enhancing polariton-polariton interactions using fractional quantum Hall states.
  • 2015: Postdoctoral researcher in the “Quantum Optics – Atoms” group led by Antoine Browaeys, Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Université Paris-Saclay, France.
    Project: Simulating quantum Ising models in arrays of single Rydberg atoms.
  • 2011-2014: Doctoral student at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School under the joint supervision of Luis Orozco (Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland, USA) and Antoine Browaeys (Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Université Paris Saclay, France).
    Thesis dissertation: Development of tools for quantum engineering using individual atoms: optical nanofibers and controlled Rydberg interactions.
  • 2010: Agrégation de physique: national competitive examination for the highest positions in the French public education system (rank: 12).
  • 2007-2011: Physics studies at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan”, France.
    Master thesis: Observing the Average Trajectories of Single Photons in a Two-Slit Interferometer.
    Bachelor thesis: Surface plasmons in the Young slit doublet experiment.

Highlights

  • 2016: Selected as a finalist for the “Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science”.
  • 2016: Selected as an attendee of the 66th Lindau Nobel laureate meeting.
  • 2015: Laureate of the “ETH postdoctoral fellowship program” (two years of funding for postdoctoral researchers).
  • 2015: Awarded the DIM Nano-K 2015 thesis prize for “Research at the interface between nanosciences and cold atoms”.
  • 2015: Awarded one of the 2015 EDOM (Ecole Doctorale Onde et Matière) thesis prize.
  • 2012-2015: Received an ASN (Allocation Spécifique Normalien) doctoral fellowship (three years of funding for doctoral students).
  • 2011: Laureate of the 2011 Fulbright Doctoral program (financial support from the “commission franco-américaine” to do research in the USA).
  • 2011: Received a one year doctoral fellowship from the Fondation Monahan to perform research in the US.
  • 2007-2011: Four years of funding as a student of “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan”.

Thesis

My PhD thesis dealt with the development of tools for quantum engineering using individual atoms, and in particular the fabrication of optical nanofibers as well as the control of dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg atoms. My thesis manuscript can be downloaded here.

Publications

    1. Optically controlling the emission chirality of microlasers,
      N. Carlon Zambon, P. St-Jean, M. Milićević, A. Lemaître, A. Harouri, L. LeGratiet, O. Bleu, D. Solnyshkov, G. Malpuech, I. Sagnes, S. Ravets, A. Amo, J. Bloch, arXiv:1806.04590 (2018).
    2. Enhancing polariton-polariton interactions using fractional quantum Hall states,
      Ravets, S.*, Knüppel, P.*, Faelt, S., Kroner, M., Wegscheider, W., and Imamoglu, A., in preparation (2018).
    3. Engineering Gaussian states of light from a planar microcavity,
      Van Regemortel, M., Ravets, S., Imamoglu, A., Carusotto, I., Wouters, M., accepted in SciPost Physics (2018).
    4. Polaron Polaritons in the Integer and Fractional Quantum Hall Regimes,
      Ravets, S., Knüppel, P., Faelt, S., Cotlet, O., Kroner, M., Wegscheider, W., and Imamoglu, A., Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 057401 (2018).
      Selected as PRL Editor’s suggestion.
    5. Optical nanofibers: a new platform for quantum optics,
      Solano, P., 
      Grover, J. A., Hoffman, J. E., Ravets, S., Fatemi, F. K., Orozco, L. A., Rolston, S. L., Adv. At. Mol. Opt. Phy. 66, 439 (2017).
    6. Tunable two-dimensional arrays of single Rydberg atoms for realizing quantum Ising models,
      Labuhn, H., Barredo, D., Ravets, S., de Léséleuc, S., Macrì, T., Lahaye, T. and Browaeys, A., Nature 534, 667 (2016)
    7. Measurement of the angular dependence of the dipole-dipole interaction between two individual Rydberg atoms at a Förster resonance,
      Ravets, S., Labuhn, H., Barredo, D., Lahaye, T. and Browaeys, A., Phys. Rev. A 92, 020701(R) (2015).
      Selected as PRA Editor’s suggestion.
    8. Coherent excitation transfer in a spin chain of three Rydberg atoms,
      Barredo, D., Labuhn, H., Ravets, S., Lahaye, T., Browaeys, A. and Adams, C. S., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 113002 (2015).
    9. Coherent dipole-dipole coupling between two single Rydberg atoms at an electrically-tuned Förster resonance,
      Ravets, S., Labuhn, H., Barredo, D., Béguin, L., Lahaye, T., and Browaeys, A., Nat. Phys. 10, 914 (2014).
      See News and Views, R. Löw, Nat. Phys. 10, 901 (2014)
    10. Single-atom addressing in microtraps for quantum-state engineering using Rydberg atoms,
      Labuhn, H., Ravets, S., Barredo, D., Béguin L., Nogrette, F., Lahaye, T. and Browaeys, A., Phys. Rev. A 90, 023415 (2014).
    11. Single-atom trapping in holographic 2D arrays of microtraps with arbitrary geometries,
      Nogrette, F., Labuhn, H., Ravets, S., Barredo, D., Béguin L., Vernier, A., Lahaye, T., and Browaeys, A., Phys. Rev. X 4, 021034 (2014).
    12. Demonstration of a strong Rydberg blockade in three-atom systems with anisotropic interactions,
      Barredo, D., Ravets, S., Labuhn, H., Béguin L., Vernier, A., Nogrette, F., Lahaye, T., and Browaeys, A., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 183002 (2014).
    13. Ultrahigh transmission optical nanofibers,
      Hoffman, J. E., Ravets, S., Grover, J. A., Solano, P., Kordell, P. R., Wong-Campos, J. D., Orozco, L. A., and Rolston, S. L., AIP Advances 4, 067124 (2014).
      See Journal Highlights by AIP advances.
      See Research Highlights by O. Graydon, Nature Photon. 8, 674 (2014)
    14. A low-loss photonic silica nanofiber for higher-order modes,
      Ravets, S., Hoffman, J. E., Orozco, L. A., Rolston, S. L., Beadie, G., and Fatemi, F. K., Opt. Express 21, 18325 (2013).
    15. Intermodal energy transfer in a tapered optical fiber: optimizing transmission,
      Ravets, S., Hoffman, J. E., Kordell, P. R., Wong-Campos, J. D., Rolston, S. L., and Orozco, L. A., J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 2361 (2013).
    16. Observing the Average Trajectories of Single Photons in a Two-Slit Interferometer,
      Kocsis, S.*, Braverman, B.*, Ravets, S.*, Stevens, M. J., Mirin, R. P., Shalm, L. K., and Steinberg, A. M., Science 332, 6034 (2011).
      See New Focus, A. Cho, Science 333, 6043 (2011).
      Listed in first position of the IOP Physics World “top 10 breakthroughs for 2011”.
    17. Surface plasmons in the Young slit doublet experiment,
      Ravets, S., Rodier, J. C., Ea Kim, B.,Hugonin, J. P., Jacubowiez, L. and Lalanne, P., J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, B28 (2009).

Invited conferences

    1. Using fractional quantum Hall states to enhance polariton-polariton interactions,
      20th International Conference on Superlattices Nanostructures and Nanodevices (ICSNN) 2018, Madrid (Spain), 2018.
    2. Realization of synthetic materials using light,
      NON-HERMITIAN PHYSICS – PHHQP XVIII, ICTS Bangalore (India), 2018.
    3. Development of Tools for Quantum Engineering Using Individual Atoms: Optical Nanofibers and Controlled Rydberg Interactions,
      Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2016, Carl E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award Session, Rochester (USA), 2016.
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