Jean-Michel Raimond

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Jean-Michel Raimond
Born (1955-12-11) 11 December 1955 (age 62)[1]
Nationality French
Awards Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Scientific career
Fields Quantum mechanics

Jean-Michel Raimond (born (1955-12-11)11 December 1955 in Orléans[1]) is a French physicist working in the field of quantum mechanics.


Raimond enrolled at the École normale supérieure (rue d'Ulm) (ENS) in 1975. After graduating with a DEA in atomic and molecular physics, his first research work was in superradiance and Rydberg atoms.

He became Research Associate and Research Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), working under Serge Haroche towards his 1984 thesis Propriétés radiatives des atomes de Rydberg dans une cavité résonnante ("Radiative properties of Rydberg atoms in a resonant cavity").[2]

Since 1988, he has taught at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie.

From 1994 to 1999, he was a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France.

From 2001 to 2011, he was a senior member and held the chair of quantum optics.[3]

From 2004 to 2009, he was head of the Department of Physics at the École normale supérieure (rue d'Ulm).[4]

Raimond specialised in atomic physics and quantum optics as a member of the Kastler-Brossel Laboratory in the Groupe d'Électrodynamique Quantique en Cavité, which he ran with the 2012 Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche[5] and Michel Brune.

He became interested in Rydberg atoms, because their relatively large size and sensitivity to microwave radiation makes them particularly suited to studies of matter/energy interaction. He demonstrated that these atoms, coupled to superconducting cavities containing some photons, are ideal systems for testing the laws of quantum decoherence and for demonstrating the possibility of constructing the components of quantum logic, with promising results for their use in informatics.[6][7]

His most recent work, quoted in the 2012 Nobel Prize-winning work,[8] allows photons to be counted in the cavity without their being destroyed, thus directly demonstrating the quantum measurement problem.[9][10] This ideal measure also helps combat quantum decoherence with a quantum feedback scheme which keeps the number of photons in the cavity constant.[11]

Raimond is the son of Michel Raimond, late professor of French literature at the Sorbonne.[12]


Principal publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum vitae". Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Raimond, Jean-Michel. "Propriétés radiatives des atomes de Rydberg dans une cavité résonnante" [Radiative properties of Rydberg atoms in a resonant cavity] (PDF) (in French). Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jean-Michel RAIMOND". Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Archived from the original on 1 April 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Nobel de Physique : un Français et un Américain se partagent le prix" [Nobel Prize for Physics: A Frenchman and an American share the prize]. Le Parisien (in French). 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Raimond, J. M.; Brune, M.; Haroche, S. (28 August 2001). "Manipulating quantum entanglement with atoms and photons in a cavity". Rev. Mod. Phys. 73 (73, 565): 565–582. Bibcode:2001RvMP...73..565R. doi:10.1103/revmodphys.73.565. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Rauschenbeutel, A.; Bertet, P.; Osnaghi, S.; Nogues, G.; Brune, M.; Raimond, J. M.; Haroche, S. (14 May 2001). "Controlled entanglement of two field modes in a Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics experiment". Physical Review A. 64 (5). arXiv:quant-ph/0105062Freely accessible. Bibcode:2001PhRvA..64e0301R. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.64.050301. 
  8. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012". 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Gleyzes, Sébastien; Kuhr, Stefan; Guerlin, Christine; Bernu, Julien; Deléglise, Samuel; Ulrich Busk Hoff; Brune, Michel; Raimond, Jean-Michel; Haroche, Serge (2006). "Quantum jumps of light recording the birth and death of a photon in a cavity". Nature. 446 (7133): 297–300. arXiv:quant-ph/0612031Freely accessible. Bibcode:2007Natur.446..297G. doi:10.1038/nature05589. PMID 17361178. 
  10. ^ Guerlin, Christine; Bernu, Julien; Deléglise, Samuel; Sayrin, Clément; Gleyzes, Sébastien; Kuhr, Stefan; Brune, Michel; Raimond, Jean-Michel; Haroche, Serge (26 July 2007). "Progressive field-state collapse and quantum non-demolition photon counting". Nature. 448 (7156): 889–93. arXiv:0707.3880Freely accessible. Bibcode:2007Natur.448..889G. doi:10.1038/nature06057. PMID 17713527. 
  11. ^ Sayrin, Clément; Dotsenko, Igor; Zhou, Xingxing; Peaudecerf, Bruno; Rybarczyk, Théo; Gleyzes, Sébastien; Rouchon, Pierre; Mirrahimi, Mazyar; Amini, Hadis; Brune, Michel; Raimond, Jean-Michel; Haroche, Serge (20 July 2011). "Real-time quantum feedback prepares and stabilizes photon number states". Nature. 477 (7362): 73–77. arXiv:1107.4027Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011Natur.477...73S. doi:10.1038/nature10376. PMID 21886159. 
  12. ^ "Michel Raimond (auteur de Le roman)" (in French). Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
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