Published on March 23, 2021 Updated on October 6, 2022

LPMS - Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Surfaces

LPMS is an experimental physics laboratory of condensed matter and surface science. It is specialized in electronic properties, magnetism and surface chemistry, using spectroscopic techniques based on lab, laser and synchrotron radiation sources. LPMS collaborates closely with european synchrotrons (Elettra, SLS, SOLEIL, MaxIV, Diamond), and is associated to the LIDYL et ATTOLab laboratories at CEA Saclay.
EA 2527
Research center type
Host team


Director(s) :


Past members:

  • Laurant Nicolai
  • Jakub Schusser
  • Fatima Alarab
  • Zakariae El Youbi


Research topics

  • Electronic structure of materials
  • Topological materials
  • Spin-orbit interaction
  • Bidimensional systems
  • Magnetism
  • Atomic structure of materials
  • Cultural heritage objects

Application domains

  • Electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Magnetic materials
  • Photovoltaics
  • Renewable energies
  • Cultural heritage

Major scientific advancements

  • Spin-dependent lifetime of excited electrons in a topological Weyl semimetal
  • Electron spin polarization in half-metal magnetite
  • Bismuth thin film deposition on semiconductors
  • Magnetic diluted semiconductors


  • X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Ultraviolet spin and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SARPES)
  • Laser-based spin, time and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (STARPES)
  • Thin films evaporation chambers
  • Low energy electron diffraction (LEED)


International relations

Syncrhotron radiation facilities:
  • SOLEIL, Saday, France
  • ELETTRA, Trieste, Italy
  • SLS, Villigen, Switzerland
  • MAXIV, Lund, Sweden
  • Diamond, Didcot, UK

University collaborations

  • LYDIL, CEA Saclay
  • CNR, ISM, Rome, Italy
  • NTC, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Warwick University, UK
  • Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Contact information

Address :
Université de Cergy-Pontoise 5 mail Gay Lussac, Neuville sur Oise France
95031 Cergy-Pontoise
Phone :
+33 01 34 25 70 29
Email :
On the Internet :