Projects and contracts

The PhLAM laboratory is involved in many collaborations.

The PhLAM laboratory is the largest physics laboratory in Lille and therefore plays a central role in this discipline at the University of Lille.

The PhLAM is constantly looking for new collaborators and puts its expertise and know-how at the disposal of its academic and industrial partners. These collaborations aim at sharing and acquiring new knowledge. One of its strengths is the effort to transfer skills and technology from the laboratory to industry.

The laboratory is heavily involved in selected regional (CPER), national (PIA) and European (H2020 and ERC) projects. He was the winner of several projects labeled in response to calls for tender from the ANR and within the framework of the PIA.
The laboratory's scientific objectives are largely defined by the CEMPI and CaPPA Labex, Equipex FLUXImaginex BioMed and REFIMEVE+, the CPER Photonics 4 Society and Climibio, and the I-SITE ULNE project.

CPER: State-Region Plan Contracts

State-Region Plan Contracts are primarily catalysts for investment. They are needed to raise the level of equipment in the territories, support employment and prepare for the future. They are intended to finance projects that leverage local investment.

PhLAM is an important member of the CLIMIBIO project, it studies the evolution of the environment and the climate, analyzes the impacts of these evolutions on the biodiversity, the air quality, the health, the society and considers the perspectives and coping strategies to these changes. This research is developed in complementarity with the Labex CaPPA. The MPI team is developing state-of-the-art experiments, while PCMT has the potential to increase the computing power of the computer cluster to study more realistic complex systems. 


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CPER P4S aims to develop an ecosystem around photonics in the Hauts-de-France Region. It integrates a continuum of activities ranging from basic and applied research, engine of innovation, to the development, demonstration and qualification of new solutions. The project is devoted to basic research and a second to innovation creation, industrial collaborations, joint laboratories and startups. This program has largely contributed to the renovation of equipment and a significant increase in the quality of laboratory reviews.

WaveTech: Waves and Materials for "Deep Tech".

Closely linked to industry and the regional socio-economic fabric, WaveTech's vocation is to conduct research on the subjects of photonics, Terahertz (THz) and quantum mechanics. Particular attention will be paid to research based on topology, which is in full swing. The heavy equipment required, unique in France, contributes to the intelligent specialization in the region of functionalized materials.

TecSanté: Development of innovative medical devices and new biomimetic models for therapeutic purposes for personalized and precise health, from children to the elderly.

This project focuses on precision health technologies (TS): chip-based technologies (microfluidics, BioMEMS, omics), personalized medical devices (biosensors, biomaterials, reconstructive surgery, etc.), innovative therapies (gene therapy, cellular, tissue), galenic and digital at the service of health (e-health). It will be devoted to the research and development of new TS in the service of the patient and new biomimetic experimental models. The Hauts-de-France region is notoriously lacking in specialist physicians and exhibits excess mortality due to chronic diseases while it has major advantages in the fields of care, research, technological training and clinics. To help reduce this lack of care, our approach is based on the integration of all players in the health sector (researchers, engineers, clinicians, patients) to offer an original vision, ranging from research to design and development. use of innovative TS.

ECRIN: Environment Climate - Research and INnovation

The ECRIN project aims to better understand how climate change and more broadly environmental changes (air quality, water, etc.) linked to human activity affect our health and biodiversity. Understanding these impacts is a major issue from the regional to the global scale. Thanks to the observation of changes in our environment, we will be able to propose appropriate adaptation or mitigation measures, in order to facilitate the energy and environmental transition, whether in terms of technological innovations or development policies. territory or support for new collective or individual practices.

PIA: Investissements d'Avenir Program

The objective of the PIA is to increase productivity, innovate, increase the competitiveness of companies, but also to promote employment and promote equal opportunities by supporting investment and innovation in sectors generating growth and jobs.

PhLAM is a major player in LabEx CaPPA (Chemical And Physical Properties of the Atmosphere). The PCMT and MPI teams participate in four of the six batches of work (WP1: gas as an aerosol precursor, WP2: aerosol properties, WP5: aerosols, clouds and climate, WP6: radionuclides, their fate). They study the chemical and physical processes that develop in the atmosphere and are responsible for aerosols. The impact of aerosols on the optical properties of the atmosphere is analyzed in situ and in the laboratory. Studies are conducted at both the local and global levels to map and quantify aerosol sources and how they are transported into the atmosphere.

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The Labex CEMPI proposes the creation of a "European Center for Mathematics, Physics and their Interactions" combining mathematics, computer science and physics around the study of optical fibers. The applications are numerous, especially in the field of new generations of communication systems. The DYSCOPhotonics and Cold Atoms teams study complex dynamic phenomena appearing in atomic, optical or biological systems: quantum chaos in ultra-cold gases, optical turbulence in fibers, instabilities and pattern formation in electron packets synchrotron, oscillations and bistability in gene networks.

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As part of the PSPC (Structural Competitiveness Cluster Project) tender, the 4F (French Fiber Optics for the Lasers of the Future Industry) program aims to develop a new optical fiber sector. microstructured. "4F" brings together a large consortium of industrial companies, technology centers and French laboratories under the coordination of Amplitude SystemsPhLAM is involved in the production of Ytterbium-doped materials (by Sol-Gel and OVD methods), in the design and manufacture of fibers with large effective areas, as well as in the characterization of their modal properties.

The EquipEx FLUX (High Flux Fiber Optics) is dedicated to high intensity light transmission in optical fibers. The objectives are to revolutionize the world of communications by making possible the existence of super-highways of optical transmissions and to innovate on the transport and the generation of high optical powers. The targeted applications are: "fiber for the living" (medical applications), high flux fiber sources, fibers for TeraHertz. To achieve these two goals, new components, new fibers, new processes, new models are being developed bringing innovations that will be disseminated in other areas, such as health.

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The ImaginEx BioMed project is a cellular and tissue imaging platform. Although some HCS systems (High-Content Screening) already work in France, this project is original by the integration of techniques and the cross-comparison of results between different domains. This facility has its roots in the bio-imaging center Lille-Nord de FranceBiCel manages cellular and tissue imaging and brings together skills in imaging, biophotonics, atomic force and electron microscopy, and cytometry.

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The main objective of the EquipEx REFIMEVE+ project is the development of an optical fiber network to distribute the optical signals of high precision atomic clocks located in the SYRTE laboratory, on existing data lines. (RENATER). There are many fields of application, from seismic risk prevention to safer transport system design. The first effective link was deployed between the SYRTE and the PTB (Germany) via Strasbourg and allowed the comparison between atomic clocks distant from 1400 km to 10-16. PhLAM participates in discussions on the technical aspects of signal propagation of the RENATER node.

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Add 4 Photonics: Focused on the additive manufacturing of glasses and components for photonics.

The objective of the project is to create a national technological platform on additive manufacturing of glasses by developing new raw materials, new additive printing machines integrating in situ control, artificial intelligence and a resolution as low as 30 nm if necessary. These machines will be designed for different materials: silica, silicon, phosphate, germanate, tellurite, chalcogenide. Add 4 Photonics will offer new opportunities in photonics, both to academia and industry, in particular through its pilot line project on the CEA Saclay site. This platform will be an asset for the national independence of the photonics industry. Through its support, the ALPHA-RLH pole contributed to the setting up of the project.

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ERC : European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) is a European Union body responsible for coordinating research efforts between EU Member States and the first pan-European funding agency for "research at the European level" border of knowledge.

ERC Consolidator Grant Project "Laser-Induced Steam Nanobulles for Intracellular Delivery of Nanomaterials and Treatment of Biofilm Infections" to Develop a New Method for Delivering Molecules in Living Cells and Treatment of Infections by biofilm. Applications range from cancer immunotherapy to improving cell staining in the treatment of chronic infections. The high-throughput ophthalmic expertise developed as part of an industrial project by the Stress Response and Cell Death biophysics group has allowed PhLAM's DYSCO team to be a partner in the ERC Consolidator Grant.

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The DYSCO team is leading an ERC HoneyPol startup grant based on studying the physics of coupled photon resonator polariton arrays, taking advantage of the technology facilities available at C2N. PhLAM studies topological photonic phenomena in polariton arrays, in particular their nonlinear properties. The DYSCO team is developing these studies in fiber-coupled rings in collaboration with the Cold Atoms team.

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The EMERGEN TOPO research project aims to demonstrate new light transport properties within photonic chips and optical fiber networks.

To achieve this, the project relies on the concept of topology. Topology defines the properties of a physical system that remain unchanged during a system deformation. Thus, a topological photonic chip has much more efficient light transport properties than a conventional chip. The project aims to induce topological transport properties, on the one hand thanks to the optical non-linearities present on certain materials, and on the other hand thanks to the implementation of a temporal modulation of the optical system, two scenarios up to present unexplored.

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Dragon made of silica by two-photon 3D printing (PHLAM / IRCICA)

I-SITE ULNE: University Lille Nord-Europe

The PhLAM lab labeled I-SITE (Initiatives-Science-Innovation-Territories-Economy) since 2017, participates in the project of creation of the future major international university "University Lille Nord-Europe" within 10 years. I-SITE ULNE relies on a research and training organization organized into 3 hubs "intended to bring together originally diverse groups to combine strengths and excellence, guide research strategies and address a common societal concern.

Pole 1 focuses on "Precision man it alth", Pole 2 on "Science for a changing planet" and Pole 3 addresses concerns about a "digital friendly world".

Thanks to its key role in the CaPPA Labex and the CEMPI Labex, PhLAM plays an important role in Poles 2 and 3, both in terms of research and training. In particular with the coordinators of the future doctoral schools associated with pole 2 "Higher School of Environmental Sciences of Lille" with Mr. Douay and at pole 3 "Friendly Deep Tech" with T. Huet.

Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen

The Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen European Territorial Cooperation Program is part of a desire to promote economic and social exchanges between four border regions: the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions in France; Wallonia, West and East Flanders in Belgium. It aims to combine common skills while enhancing the wealth of each region, for the benefit of the people of the area.

SATT NORD-Technological ripening program

SATT Nord (Technology Transfer Acceleration Offices) supports two projects: Carsimage and SpiderMass, both related to biological imaging and characterization.

The SATT SpiderMass maturation project started in 2016. Its main objective is the transfer of technology from a laser device for in vivo biological analysis and in real time by mass spectrometry. The device, developed in close collaboration between PhLAM and PRISM laboratories, collects the information needed to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis during a surgical procedure.

Horizon 2020

Bilateral international cooperation European networks under the 6th and 7th FPRTD, European networks within the framework of the 6th and 7th CPRDT (Framework Program for Research and Technological Development).
The Horizon 2020 Framework Program (2014-2020) brings together, for the first time in a single program, European research and innovation programs such as the P.C.R.D.T.

ANR : National Research Agency

The ANR's actions aim to support the excellence of French research at various degrees of technological maturity, to support fundamental research, to encourage academic and "public-private" scientific partnerships, and to encourage European and international cooperation. To do this, it offers competitive calls for projects and implements rigorous selection processes based on peer review, which respect international principles in this area: impartiality, fair treatment, confidentiality, ethics, scientific integrity, and transparency.