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Christophe COUTEAU


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Laboratory Light, nanomaterials & nanotechnologies - L2n University of Technologie of Troyes (UTT) & CNRS ERL7004 12, rue Marie Curie 10000 Troyes France
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  • Since September 2019 : Director of the Laboratory Light, nanomaterials & nanotechnologies - L2n, CNRS ERL7004
  • September 2012 to September 2014 : CINTRA UMI CNRS-NTU-Thales, Singapore. CNRS researcher.
  • December 2012 to September 2014 : School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Adjunct assistant Professor.
  • Since december 2008 : Laboratory For Nanotechnologies, Instrumentation and Optics (LNIO), French University of Technology of Troyes (UTT). Assistant Professor.
  • July 2008 - december 2008 : Institute for Quantum Computation (IQC), University of Waterloo, Canada. Research Assistant Professor.
  • January 2006 - june 2008 : Institute for Quantum Computation (IQC), University of Waterloo, Canada. Post-doctorate fellow.
  • September 2002 - December 2005 : Laboratoire de Spectrométrie Physique, Grenoble and University of Paris-VI Orsay, France. Doctorate in physical sciences.
  • September 2000 - June 2002 : Centre for Quantum Computation (CQC), Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Great-Britain. Research Assistant.
  • 2017: Research habilitation in Experimental Physics, Sorbonne University, Paris.
  • 2005: Doctorate in Physical Sciences, University of Orsay-Paris XI.
  • 2000: DEA "Lasers and Matter" and magistère in fundamental physics, University of Orsay-Paris XI.
  • 1994: Baccalauréat, scientific stream, Gien.


quantum optics    
physics of semiconductors 
non-linear optics
low-temperature solid state
quantum information
quantum cryptography

Research projects

  • Under construction
Significant publications
  • Hybrid plasmonic nanosystem with controlled position of nanoemitters. A. Broussier, A. Issa, L. O. Le Cunff, T. H. Nguyen, X. Q. Dinh, S. Blaize, J. Plain, S. Jradi, C. Couteau and R. Bachelot. Applied Physics Letters 114, 163106 (2019).
  • Spontaneous parametric down-conversion. C. Couteau. Contemporary Physics 59, 291 (2018).
  • Coherent Perfect Absorption in Metamaterials with Entangled Photons. C. Altuzarra, S. Vezzoli, J. Valente, W.B. Gao, C. Soci, D. Faccio, C. Couteau. ACS Photonics 4, 2124-2128 (2017).
  • Quantum super-oscillation of a single photon. G. Yuan, S. Vezzoli, C. Altuzarra, E. T. F. Rogers, C. Couteau and N. I. Zheludev. Light: Science and Applications 5, e16127 (2016). 
  • Localised excitation of a single photon source by a nanowaveguide. W. Geng, M. Manceau, N. Rahbany, V. Sallet, M. De Vittorio, L. Carbone, Q. Glorieux, A. Bramati, C. Couteau. Scientific Reports 6, 19721 (2015).  
  • Coherent perfect absorption in deeply subwavelength films in the single photon regime. T. Roger, S. Vezzoli, E. Bolduc, J. Valente, J. J. F. Heitz, J. Jeffers, C. Soci, J. Leach, C. Couteau, N. Zheludev and D. Faccio. Nature Communications 6,7031 (2015). 
  • GaAs/AlGaAs nanowire photodetector. X. Dai, S. Zhang, Z. Wang, G. Adamo, H. Liu, Y. Huang, C. Couteau, and C. Soci. Nanoletters 14, 2688-2693 (2014). 
  • Efficient Pump Photon Recycling via Gain-Assisted Waveguiding Energy Transfer. R. Aad, C. Couteau, S. Blaize, E. Chastaing, F. Soyer, L. Divay, C. Galindo, P. Le Barny, V. Sallet, C. Sartel, A. Lusson, P. Galtier, L. Rocha, V. Simic, and G. Lérondel. ACS Photonics 1, 246-253 (2014).
  • Waveguiding-assisted random lasing in epitaxial ZnO thin film. P.-H. Dupont, C. Couteau, D. J. Rogers, and G. Lérondel. Applied Physics Letters 97, 261109 (2010).
  • Ruling out multi-order interfence in quantum mechanics. U. Sinha, C. Couteau, T. Jennewein, R. Laflamme, and G. Weihs. Science 329, 418 (2010).
Teaching activities
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  • Under construction