Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
Improving the quality of life for people with psychiatric problems thanks to more targeted treatment protocols, or even preventing the appearance of such pathologies, would be a major breakthrough for public health care. This is one of the objectives of researchers at NeuroSpin, the CEA centre for innovation in neuroimaging in Saclay, near Paris.
Involvement in funding programmes, contribution to public policies through its scientific expertise, and development of major partnerships: the CEA has strengthened its European strategy over the past few years, making cooperation its watchword. Bertrand Bouchet, the CEA director of European Affairs, discusses the CEA’s position on Europe and the French presidency of the EU Council.
While France is taking over the Presidency of the European Union, and in a context of strengthening bilateral cooperation between France and Italy - highlighted by the signature of the Quirinal Treaty by President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on 26 November - CEA, CINECA and GENCI have engaged a joint initiative aimed at strengthening European digital capacity.
According to a collaboration coordinated by the LSCE (CEA-CNRS-UVSQ), it is necessary to take into account the biophysical effects of bioenergy crops (including CO2 capture and sequestration) in order to properly assess their effectiveness in the fight against climate change.
Researchers at the CEA-Irig have partly lifted the veil on the extraordinary resistance of a small animal, the tardigrade. At play is a disordered protein capable of transforming itself into a protective gel for other biomolecules during drought or extreme cold.
Researchers from CEA-Iramis have demonstrated that, contrary to what is generally believed, the electronic spin carried by erbium can have a long coherence time. This makes it a good candidate for relaying quantum information via photons.
According to researchers from the CEA-Iramis, it is now possible to detect spins thanks to an original method using a single photon sensor that is insensitive to noise. This is a major step forward for the measurement of spin quantum bits or their conversion into photons.
Using an electronic analog of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, researchers from the CEA-Iramis and their partners observed for the first time the electric dipole associated with spin waves (magnons) in a ferromagnet in the quantum Hall regime. These spin waves could be used in particular to transfer information from one quantum bit to another.
The LSCE (CEA-CNRS-UVSQ) and the EDYTEM laboratory (CNRS - Université Savoie Mont Blanc - Ministère de la Culture) have established a comprehensive overview of cesium-137 fallout observed in sedimentary archives around the world. This database makes it possible to improve the dating of sedimentary cores.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.