June 2016

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Characterizing 2D materials could soon get easier

Rapidly assessing the technological potential of 2D materials requires—for certain crucial measurements—a synchrotron beamline. Researchers on the CEA Cascade* project decided to find a workaround that would eliminate the need for difficult-to-access synchrotron resources. They combined two analysis methods available at...

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Leti and Liten join forces on additive technologies

Researchers at Leti are convinced that additive technologies are a plus for silicon! And research carried out with Liten proves that they are right. Additive technologies can be used for very thick (100 microns and more) layers and for large-surface systems...

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Lithography: non-chemically-amplified resin validated

In the coming years, non-chemically-amplified resins could be used in 300 mm lithography processes to create circuit patterns with more accurate control of dimensions and lower edge roughness. The members of the industrial R&D project Imagine, which include Leti, recently validated...

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New ideas for more effective spin current sources

Researchers at the Spintec lab recently demonstrated that the spin current that propagates from one ferromagnetic layer to another can be doubled if the second layer has a fluctuating magnetic order. When the researchers heated the second layer to its magnetic...

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Advances toward CMOS-transistor quantum computers

According to a team of researchers from INAC and Leti, tomorrow’s quantum computers could be made from simple SOI CMOS transistors!

Quantum computers do not store information as bits, represented by a one or a zero, like traditional computers. They use...

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A 275 nm microlaser active at ambient temperature

A research consortium* that includes scientists from INAC recently produced a deep-UV laser with record-breaking performance. The laser emits at 275 nm at ambient temperature, as opposed to 310 nm cooled to 10 K, making it the best-performing system in the...

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Nanoresonators: the plot thickens amid new insights

A team of researchers from Leti along with three of Leti’s international partners* have finally shed new light on the discrepancy of up to two orders of magnitude between the theoretical detection limits of nanoresonators and the resonators’ actual performance.

Until now, it was believed that the tiniest mass or force that could be detected by a nanoresonator depended on temperature fluctuations in the resonator’s environment. Given that state-of-the-art resonators offer sensitivities of 10-21 gram, the theory was plausible.

In research published in Nature Nanotechnology, a Grenoble-based team of researchers demonstrated that the nanoresonator’s own frequency plays a much greater role than...

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Interview: Michel Barsoum (Drexel University, Pennsylvania),

Michel Barsoum (Drexel University, Pennsylvania):
« I hope to spend more time in Grenoble in the coming years »

You are known worldwide for your work on materials, particularly MAX phases. What brought you to Grenoble for three months?

In materials science, to gain real understanding of a material you need large single crystals. The only person in the world growing MAX phase single crystals is Dr. Thierry Ouisse, my host. I also wanted to spend time with Thierry because I believe he has a very elegant explanation for why the MAX phases conduct electricity the way they do, a topic...

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A film that turns gender stereotypes on their heads

A group of third-year students at Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma (Carole Le Goc, Christopher Filosa, and Valentin Ramez) produced one of two short films that won awards in the first ever “Stereotype Busters” contest organized by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles,...

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Nanosystems design: Samson growing in popularity

The Inria-Nano-D team developing the Samson generic nanosystems design software package, which has been working out of MINATEC for more than a year now, has a number of new wins to report. In March the team secured a European Research Council...

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Nanocharacterization Platform turns ten

Nanocharacterization Platform partners Leti, Liten, and INAC will celebrate its tenth anniversary in September. Platform employees and other stakeholders having contributed to its development will celebrate the milestone at a day-long scientific and commemorative event retracing the facility’s past and presenting...

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Catherine Picart wins CNRS silver medal

Catherine Picart, a researcher at LMGP and Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma faculty member will receive one of sixteen 2016 CNRS (France’s national center for scientific research) silver medals.

Ms. Picart has devoted her entire career to biomedical engineering, conducting research on...

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Patents: CEA maintains activity in 2015

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) earned the number-one slot in the 2015 INPI (France’s industrial property institute) ranking in the French research institute category. The INPI published 658 CEA patent applications in 2015, up slightly from 2014...

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Phelma Thursday Updates

Since April, Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma staffers have been invited to “Thursday Updates” held around once a month. The one-hour meetings aim to keep employees abreast of the school’s latest projects and provide a forum for informal discussion. The first Thursday...

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EU project Mirphab gets €17 million for optical IR sensors

EU project Mirphab, which kicked off in early 2016, has secured €17 million to design, prototype, and manufacture small runs of infrared sensors. The project’s seventeen partners include Leti, the Fraunhofer Institute, IMEC, and CSEM, and the research comes in direct...

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Ceasar Lab an active patent filer

With sixteen patent applications filed in two and a half years, plus eight additional filings this year, the Ceasar Lab (a joint Safran-CEA Tech R&D lab) is more active than ever. The lab unites researchers from all three CEA Tech institutes...

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GIANT Review steps into spring with a new look

The GIANT Review, which first appeared in 2015, is rolling out a completely new magazine-inspired design for its Spring 2016 issue, which looks back on the previous year’s most important events. This most recent issue is also heftier, at 28 pages....

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MINATEC strengthens ties with Shanghai’s Sitri institute

Shanghai’s Sitri research institute and MINATEC have signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a framework for ongoing talks that should result in a partnership agreement. Sitri, which specializes in More than Moore solutions, would like to intensify its activities in the...

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SOI Industry Consortium to set up shop at MINATEC

The SOI Industry Consortium, which counts among its members around twenty large companies and universities from around the globe, will be moving into offices on the MINATEC campus before summer. The members of the consortium, which include Soitec, STMicroelectronics, GlobalFoundries, Leti,...

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Midis MINATEC brown-bag lunch talks tally up more than 80,000 attendees

MINATEC’s weekly brown-bag lunch talks are more popular than ever! Since 2008, the talks have brought in more than 80,000 attendees, with an average of 270 people each week over the past three years. The 300th Midi MINATEC will be held...

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CEA to organize two-day sustainable mobility event

The sixth CEA Sustainable Mobility Days, to be held on September 23–24 at MINATEC, will coincide this year with the 60th anniversary of CEA Grenoble. Friday’s program will be targeting companies and government agencies, with the 2nd national conference on mobility...

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Aryballe Technologies sees fast development and raises €2.6 million

Just two years after it was founded, Aryballe Technologies has raised €2.6 million in fresh capital from five investors, including the CEA. The influx of funds will pay for industrial scale-up of the company’s product—a portable, universal odor detector—and the start-up...

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MOOC on habitable exoplanets

More than 3,000 students are enrolled in a new MOOC on habitable exoplanets that launched on June 1 on the FUN* platform. The course was created by Grenoble-Alpes University and the Grenoble Universe Science Observatory under the direction of astronomer Jean-Charles...

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Phelma student Jordan Broisin is France’s adaptive skiing champion

Third-year Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma student Jordan Broisin won four medals at the French National Adaptive Skiing Championships at Pra-Loup in March 2016, including a gold for the Super-G. A rising star on France’s national adaptive ski team, Jordan is enrolled...

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New academic chair for electronic systems on plastic

In late March, Schneider Electric and the Grenoble Institute of Technology Partners Foundation co-founded an industrial chair of excellence for plastronics. The MINT Chair will be endowed with a budget of more than €450,000. Researchers from Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Pagora...

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Leti joins global Stanford University SystemX Alliance

In February, Leti became an active member of the Stanford University SystemX Alliance, which brings together 80 Stanford faculty members and 21 market-leading corporations like Google, Ericsson, and Toshiba. Leti is the first technological research organization to join, and its membership...

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2016 MIGAS summer school to be held near Bologna

After several sessions held in the Vercors mountains near Grenoble, the MIGAS international summer school for advanced microelectronics will move this year to Italy, and the Bertinoro international conference center affiliated with Bologna University. So, why the move? Because the venue...

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GIANT to host High Level Forum 2016

For the third time in five years the High Level Forum, initiated by GIANT in 2012, will be held in Grenoble. International innovation decision-makers from research, education, industry, and government will come together to foster stronger cooperation. Around 100 attendees from...

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Grenoble INP Entreprise moves to MINATEC

Grenoble INP Entreprise, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s tech-transfer company, moved to offices at MINATEC (on the sixth floor of the Phelma 2 building) in early March. The new offices will provide more space and bring the company closer to industrial R&D...

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