The Department of Physics is one of the 8 departments of the Faculty of Sciences, which includes 693 teacher-researchers and 77 BIATSS.
The following are directly attached to the Department of Physics in 2021: 73 Lecturers, 44 University Professors, 4 ATERs (Temporary Teaching and Research Assistants), 24 CMEs (Contractual Doctoral Candidates with a Teaching Mission), 2 PRAGs, 2 Associate Professors, 3 PASTs, and 12 IATSSs.
More widely, about 153 teacher-researchers, 150 CNRS researchers and 300 technical staff ITA/IATSS are involved in the research units and/or training courses related to physics.
All the disciplines of physics are represented in the department, from nanotechnologies to astrophysics, including the physics of instabilities, optics and the sciences of thermonuclear fusion (in the perspective of the ITER project).
ED 352 Physics and Material Sciences
The Doctoral School "Physics and Material Sciences" (ED 352) gathers PhD students from the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU) and the Ecole Centrale de Marseille (ECM) working on research topics in fundamental and applied physics.
The majority of these students prepare their thesis within the mixed research units (UMR) and teams attached to ED 352.
The research fields covered by these laboratories are astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, theoretical physics, mathematical physics, optics, photonics, hot plasmas, lasers and radiation-matter interaction, materials science, nanosciences, nuclear energy from fission and fusion, instrumentation and biophysics.
These UMR/teams, which have a strong regional presence and participate in several competitiveness clusters, have nationally and internationally recognized expertise in their respective fields and offer doctoral students a very high level of training through research.
With the exception of the Haute Provence Observatory, the UMR/teams are spread over two sites: the Luminy university campus located in the south of Marseille and the Saint Jérôme university campus and the Château Gombert Technopole, both located in the north of Marseille, and the CEA-Cadarache located in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance
ED 352 is part of a doctoral college grouping together 11 other EDs within AMU, an institution authorized, along with the ECM, to deliver the national doctoral degree.
The Institut des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN) of the CEA is an associated institution to the ED.
ED 353 Modeling Physics and Engineering Sciences
The doctoral school "Engineering Sciences: Mechanics, Physics, Micro and Nanoelectronics" is focused on the analysis and modelling of complex physical systems present in nature or manufactured by man.
Macroscopic continuous media are an example of a complex system. The main disciplines of the doctoral school in this field are Mechanics and Physics of Continuous Media (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, acoustics, thermics, energetics, biomechanics). The main fields of application are materials, transport, energy, environment, health and music creation.
The other complex physical systems studied in the doctoral school are in the field of microelectronics, information and communication sciences and techniques, with a strong "components, circuits and integrated systems" orientation.
One of the characteristics of the doctoral school is that it is anchored in the "engineering sciences". As a result, it plays an important role in the transition of PhDs to industry or associated services, as well as in the formulation of industrial problems in terms of real thesis topics.
Preparation for the CAPES in Physical and Chemical Sciences
Preparation for the agrégation in Physics and Chemistry
A dozen laboratories are attached to the Department of Physics covering a wide range of fields.
From the infinitely small to the infinitely large: Theoretical physics, Elementary particles, Nanosciences - Micro and nano electronics, Space astrophysics
From the photon to the energy of the future: Optics and photonics, Fusion - ITER...
From complexity to interfaces: Turbulence, Aerodynamics...
List of research units
Research units Label Directors Secretaries - Managers BIP- Bioenergetics and Protein Engineering UMR 7281 Marie-Thérèse GIUCI-ORTICONI Laure AZZOPARDI CINAM - Interdisciplinary Center of Nanoscience of Marseille UMR 7325 Pierre MULLER Régine DEMOULIN CPPM - Marseille Center for Particle Physics UMR 7346 Cristinel DIACONU Marie-Thérèse DONEL CPT - Center for Theoretical Physics UMR 7332 Thierry MARTIN Catherine LEVET IM2NP - Institute of Microelectronic Materials and Nanosciences of Provence UMR 7334 jean-Luc AUTRAN Joelle NELSON FRESNEL Institute UMR 7249 Stefan ENOCH Christina PEREIRA IRPHE - Institute for Research on Non-Equilibrium Phenomena UMR 7342 Stéphane LE DIZES Mireille ZELLER LP3 - Lasers Plasmas and Photonic Processes Laboratory UMR 7341 Philippe DELAPORTE Max ROLLAND PIIM- Physics of Ion and Molecular Interactions UMR 7345 Anette CALISTI Eric ROSTANG LAI - Adhesion and Inflammation Laboratory UMR 7333 Olivier THEODOLY Christine ERISMANN
Experimental Physics Department
Each year, students of Licences, Masters and Teaching Competitions are welcomed for their practical work in our Experimental Physics Services. At a time when the Physics courses offered within the framework of the LMD reform strongly reaffirm the primordial role of experimentation at the heart of the training of young scientists, we owe it to ourselves to ensure a quality service to the teacher-researchers and students who work at Aix-Marseille-Université.
TP's rooms welcome about 1500 students and 90 professors-researchers. The courses concerned are the following:
- Licences (Physics, Physics-Chemistry/Bio, SPI, Sc & Hum, Math-Info, etc.)
- Preparation for the Polytech Marseille engineering schools.
- Various AMU masters (5 M1 including Physics, MINELEC,... and M2 including "Plasma-lasers" and "Materials & nanosciences (MANE)".
- Various professional masters (M1 Instrumentation, M2 IOL) of AMU.
- Tele-teaching in physics and chemistry, from the Licence to the Master.
- The specific teachings for the preparation of the external and internal competitions:
- the Agrégation in physics and chemistry
- the CAPES in physics and chemistry
- the PLP of math-physics
"The hand of Man is the instrument of instruments", Aristotle.
Department's web service
The team of the Department's Web service is at your service for any questions relating to the creation, maintenance or management of the pages contained in the Physics Department website.
Our missions :
- Help with the migration of the old sites linked to the Department of Physics to the AMU site.
- Help in the realization of the sites of formation related to the Department of Physics.
- Coordination and monitoring of the pages present on the Department's website.
- Liaison with the DOSI concerning all questions related to the creation, evolution or modification of the Department's sites.
And this, in a joyful and good mood
As part of their studies, students are required to complete internships.
All internships are subject to a mandatory agreement between the student, our training establishment and yourself.
If you are looking for an intern, please send your offer to Nicolas DESBIEF : firstname.lastname@example.org
The head office of the Department is located at St Charles - Case 12 - Building 7
3 place Victor Hugo 13331 Marseille Cedex 3
From the entrance gate, turn right immediately, pass in front of the conciergerie, go up the alley leaving the natural sciences and physics lecture halls behind you, in the courtyard to the right of the chemistry lecture hall, enter through the door at the end of the hall on the right, go up two floors either by the stairs or by the lift.
New access to the Saint Charles Campus 10/01/202310/01/2023
New access to the Saint Charles CampusAs of Monday, February 13, 2023, access to the St. Charles campus is automated and is done ONLY upon presentation of AMU cards for AMU students and staff at the ENTRY and EXIT of the campus!