Université de Strasbourg

Bertrand Dupé


University of Liège and FRS-FNRS, Belgium & USIAS Fellow at the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS), University of Strasbourg & CNRS

Bertrand Dupé, USIAS Fellow 2019

Bertrand Dupé obtained his PhD, with a thesis on dielectric and magnetic properties of multiferroic thin films, at the École Centrale Paris (now CentraleSupélec) in 2010. After a year of postdoctoral research at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), he decided to focus on the theoretical studies of magnetic nanomaterials based on density functional theory at the University of Kiel (Germany) and at the Jülich Research Centre (FZG), Germany. He participated in the European project Magnetic Skyrmions for nanospintronic devices: a Future Emerging Technology (MAGicSKY-FET), in collaboration with Professor Albert Fert’s group in Paris on the link between topology and magnetism.

In 2016, Bertrand Dupé was recruited as Interim Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany), where he was appointed full researcher in 2017. He was subsequently appointed as Qualified researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). Currently, he is leading a research group of five people focusing on the link between topology and electronic structure at the University of Liège (Belgium).

Project - Coupled spin and charge femto-second dynamics for topological material

01/12/2019 - 30/11/2021

Modern societies are based on fast and reliable communication media that are also energy efficient. At the atomic level, information is transmitted by a fundamental constituent of matter called the electron. Similar to rivers, electrons flow in matter and their accumulation or depletion is associated with the presence of a data bit of 1 or 0, respectively.

In this project, Dr. Dupé's group intends to establish a new methodological framework where information is transmitted without moving matter. The information vector will be constituted of the spin rather than the charge of the electron, which will considerably accelerate the speed of information. They foresee that light and spins could act as the information medium. To study their interactions, they will develop numerical tools that are parametrised by density functional theory, where the dynamics of light and the electron charge and spin will be treated on an equal basis. They will thus explore the dynamics of topologically protected magnetic textures such as skyrmions and hopfions.

Bertrand Dupé will be welcomed by Professor Paul-Antoine Hervieux, Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS), during the project.

Investissements d'Avenir