Cyril Laplane

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • EQUS
  • Macquarie University
  • Road-tripping Brisbane to Sydney

I grew up in Marseille, a 2,600-year-old city in the south of France on the Mediterranean coast.  You can probably trace back my official academic birth to 2012 when I graduated from the University of Lyon (France) with a Master in Nanoscale Engineering.  I then moved in Geneva to do a PhD in the Group of Applied Physics under the supervision of Prof. Nicolas Gisin, where I developed and studied solid-state quantum memories for light based on rare-earth-ion-doped solids with application in quantum communication. 

I joined Macquarie University at the end of 2017 to work on nanodiamond optical sorting.  Since then, I also have been expanding my research activities, using optical tweezers in microfluidic chips to study different nanoparticles in wet environments and developing a new optical trapping setup in vacuum for levitodynamics studies. 

In 2020, I was awarded a Sydney Quantum Academy postdoctoral fellowship to investigate and develop new quantum sensors based on levitated nanocrystals.  My project will expand the capabilities of these levitated systems and will explore their potential applications for inertial sensing, gravimetry and probing the boundaries between quantum and classical physics. 

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