Facts and figures


A building

Construction of the Institut d'Optique building was initiated by the region Aquitaine. In addition to teaching and research spaces, the building houses the incubator, Alphanov, extending the close ties between Institut d'Optique Graduate School and the world of innovation. It provides a complete technical platform, a crucial step in technology transfer, based on the research of LP2N and projects from the entrepreneurship programme known as Filère-Innovation Entrepreneurs (FIE).

Batiment Bordeaux

The culture of research in optics is one of the strengths of the Aquitaine region: the laser megajoule, research on lasers and medicine as well as on virtual and augmented reality are examples of this rich regional environment. Many leading players are present on campus such as University of Bordeaux 1 that hosts joint research teams with the CNRS.

TP Bordeaux

Laboratoire Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences (LP2N)

LP2N of the Institut d'Optique Graduate School, created in January 2011 in Bordeaux, works closely with three local laboratories:

  • LABRI (computer science)
  • LOMA, (waves and matter)
  • CELIA, (intense lasers and applications)

Directed by Philippe Bouyer, research conducted within the LP2N focuses on complex optical systems and computer-centered optics.
The main areas of research are:Photons and nanosystems (Brahim Lounis)Matter waves, lasers, atoms and microsystems (Philippe Bouyer)Synthetic material and quantum materials (Philippe Lalanne)Optics and biology (Laurent Cognet)Instrumentation, hybrid systems, augmented reality (Jannick Rolland)Instrumental development technology transfer (Giorgio Santarelli)

Specialty teaching

After a core of one year Palaiseau, interested students join Bordeaux for two years focusing on

  • Virtual reality and real-virtual interfaces
  • Optics and nanoscience
  • Computer generated imagery and 3D imaging
  • Nanophotonics

They choose between several specialties:

  • Digital information
  • Modeling and data processing
  • Images and neuroscience
  • Digital optics engineering


Nicole  Tcherniavsky
Executive Assistant
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