Published on March 23, 2021 Updated on March 28, 2023

LPMS - Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Surfaces

LPMS is an experimental physics laboratory of condensed matter and surface science. It is specialized in the study of electronic properties, magnetism and surface chemistry by spectroscopic techniques based on laboratory lasers and synchrotron radiation sources. LPMS collaborates closely with european synchrotrons (Elettra, SLS, SOLEIL, MaxIV, Diamond). New research activities on quantum materials and sensors are also in progress. LPMS 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
  • Color centers (NV, SiV and GeV) and quantum defects in diamonds and nanodiamonds
  • Bidimensional systems
  • Magnetism
  • Atomic structure of materials
  • Cultural heritage objects

Application domains

  • Electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Quantum materials 
  • Quantum sensors based on color centers
  • 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
  • Nanodiamonds containing SiV and GeV color centers as high pressure quantum sensors (up to 180 GPa), in collaboration with LuMIn Laboratory (ENS Paris-Saclay) and LSPM laboratory (CNRS - Université Sorbonne Paris Nord)


  • 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, France
  • CNR, ISM, Rome, Italy
  • NTC, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Warwick University, UK
  • Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • University of Vienna, Austria 
  • LuMIn, ENS Paris Saclay, France 
  • Thales Research and Technology, Palaiseau Cedex, France

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 :