About Polytechnique:


Ecole polytechnique was founded in Paris in 1794 after the French revolution.

Its motto, given by Napoléon, is: "Pour la patrie, les sciences, et la gloire" (For the homeland, science and glory).


List of notable alumni and faculty of Ecole Polytechnique



- 2nd world's best small university (2018)  (Times higher education)

- 6th worldwide among higher education institutions in terms of the number of

  Nobel prize winner among its graduates (Nature)

- 22nd in Engineering and technology (2011) (Times higher education)

- 22nd in Physical sciences (2016) (Times higher education)

- 29th Physics & Astronomy (2018) (QS World university rankings)

- 27th Natural Sciences (2018) (QS World university rankings)

- 17th in Mathematics (2015) (QS World university rankings)

- 25th World university ranking (2017) (CWUR)


- 6th in graduate employability (2017) (QS World university rankings)





Articles that I recommend:

De nouveaux matériaux bidimensionnels pour l'optique 

Valley of the Dichalcogenides

Quantum-like properties of bouncing droplets

Dualité onde-corpuscule à l'oeil nu 



Oral lectures: 

Claude Weisbuch, "Introduction to the basics of semiconductors" 

Jean-Jacques Greffet, "Contrôle de l'émission spontanée avec des structures plasmoniques " 

Jean-Jacques Greffet, " Voir à travers le corps humain avec les lasers"

Alain Aspect, "From Einstein's Lichtquanten to Wheeler's delayed choice experiment; wave-particle duality brought to light "

Emmanuel Rosencher, "Comprendre les lasers" 

Florian Bigourdan, "Towards highly-efficient, fabricable optical nano-antennas"


Some great books:

Quantum Mechanics

Jean-Louis Basdevant and Jean Dalibard 



Emmanuel Rosencher, Borge Vinter 


Stress, strain and spin in semiconductors and their nanostructures 

Alistair Rowe (2013)


Lectures notes

Emmanuel Rosencher's lectures on semiconductor physics and opto-electronics.

Quantum mechanics lectures, first year of Ecole polytechnique.