LKB - Polarised Helium, Quantum Fluids and Solids


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PhD student

Zeyuan ZHANG has joined the group on Feb. 2022. She actively contributes to the HELPING project.

Regular article

Nuclear hyperpolarization of ³He by magnetized plasmas, Maul A., Blümler P., Nacher P.-J., Otten E., Tastevin G., and Heil W., Phys. Rev. A (2018) 98, 063405 [12 pages]

Review article

Optically polarized ³He, T. R. Gentile, P. J. Nacher, B. Saam, and T. G. Walker, Rev. Mod. Phys. 89, 045004 (2017)

Science outreach

Lionel Djadaojee – Jan 24, 2023

A relire

Dans le contexte du Prix Nobel de Physique 2022 décerné à A. Aspect, J.F. Clauser et A. Zeilinger, on peut relire avec intérêt l’article de Franck Laloë sur l’argument EPR.


Hadi LOUTFI has joined the group on Oct. 2021. He actively contributes to the MARGIN project.

The MARGIN project (2020-2022)

MAgnetic Resonance studies of Gas diffusion In Nanoporous materials.
LKB (Coord. P.-J. Nacher) – MRS Lab, Kazan Fed. Univ. (Coord. M. Tagirov))

Project homepage  – Project overview
The Post-Doc position is now closed.

PhD student

Lionel DJADAOJEE (Teaching assistant at ENS Paris – PSL, Agrégé de Physique) has joined the group for PhD work on the metastable phases of solid and liquid 4He (J. Grücker, superviser; Sept. 2019 – …).

In memoriam

Philippe Jacquier, leader of the “Quantum solid and liquid helium” team since 2003, passed away on Jan.24, 2019.

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Philippe has battled against disease for many years with impressive courage and steadfast determination. He was an excellent teacher and a passionate researcher. The group will long miss his deep sense of humour and friendship, as well as the enthousiasm, the inventiveness, the curiosity, and the broad knowledge that made working with him so pleasant every day.

Short text (in French) by Antoine Heidmann, Director of the LKB.Ph. Jacquier’s scientific homepage


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  • Lionel Djadaojee

Recent Papers

A. Maul, P. Blümler, P.-J. Nacher, E. Otten, G. Tastevin, and W. Heil

Phys. Rev. A 98, 063405 (2018)

T. R. Gentile, P. J. Nacher, B. Saam, and T. G. Walker

Rev. Mod. Phys. 89, 045004 (2017)

L. Djadaojee, A. Douillet, and J. Grücker

Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 89, 30701 (2020)

Jules Grucker

J. Low. Temp. Phys. 197, 149–166 (2019)

G. Tastevin and F. Laloë

Eur. Phys. J. D 72: 183 (2018)

M.E. Hayden, and P.-J. Nacher

Magn. Reson. Imaging Handbook, 1, CRC press, 2016 (Ed. Luca SABA)

P.-J. Nacher, S. Kumaragamage, G. Tastevin, and C.P. Bidinosti

J. Magn. Reson. 310, 106638 (2020)

V. Kuzmin and P.-J. Nacher

J. Magn. Reson. 310, 106622 (2020)


Master 2 (2022-2023)

Study of Rabi oscillations using optically detected NMR in polarised helium gas

Pulses of resonant ac fields are generically used to control the internal state of 2-level systems. The driven travel on the Bloch sphere is a standard (but approximate!) textbook item. Optical monitoring of actual trajectories will provide new insight on recent NMR investigations of deviations due to (often unavoidable) additional components of the oscillating field.  Download a 1-page description of the project. Please contact us for more information.

2022 - PhD position (ANR funding)

Hyperpolarisation of ³He nuclear spin at high magnetic field

 PhD position : Filled

Master 2 / Opening for PhD

Hyperpolarisation of 3He at low/moderate magnetic field


Skilled and motivated students are welcome to join our investigations of polarisation dynamics in He gas discharges at low and moderate magnetic fields. Type of work: Experimental, numerical, theoretical. (This topic is open for PhD). Please contact us for more information.

Master 2 / Opening for PhD



Low field MRI - Polarised helium-3

Please have a look at this poster.

M2 position : Open

Skilled and motivated students are welcome to join our investigations on low field MRI with laser-polarised ³He gas or thermally-polarised water samples. Work may focus on the impact of concomitant field gradients on image quality. Another objective may be to investigate the short-pulse limit and revisit the Bloch-Siegert effect in pulsed NMR. (This topic is open for PhD.). Please contact us for more information.

Master 2 internship


Polarised helium - Liquid NMR

Skilled and motivated students are welcome to join the team for follow-up of our investigations on liquid NMR in laser polarised ³He-⁴He dilute solutions. Work will deal with the latest observations of non linear NMR dynamics and will focus on the comparison between experimental and numerical data. This topic is not open for PhD this year.

We are always looking for brillant motivated scientists to join our group.

Check the open positions (see above) or send us your CV for application.


Département de Physique Ecole Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05  

  •  Jules Grucker  : jules.grucker at
  • Franck Laloë : laloe at
  • Pierre-Jean Nacher : nacher at
  • Geneviève Tastevin : genevieve.tastevin at