Thomas Bourdel

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Thomas Bourdel

Affiliated Scientist, Institut d'Optique, Université Paris-Saclay


  • PhD from Ecole-Normale Superior – Paris



Thomas Bourdel received his PhD from Ecole-Normale Superior – Paris in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Alain Aspect and Dr. Philippe Bouyer.

In his role as a CNRS researcher, he is working on an all optical cooling experiment and disorder in 2D. Dr. Bourdel studies gases in reduced dimensions (1D, 2D), where quantum and thermal fluctuations are most important. He also studies non-interacting phenomena such as Anderson localization, i.e. the absence of diffusion due to multiple quantum interference. Recently, he has studied the superfluid propagation in a 1D disordered trap of bright solitons; condensed clouds of atoms, which remain together because of attractive interaction.