We develop a theoretical activity on quantum technologies in a range of condensed matter systems. We are particularly interested in nano-electro- or opto-mechanical systems, plasmonic cavities, topological electronic matter.

Research topics :

  • Quantum Nano-Electro and Opto Mechanical Systems
  • Polaronic Chemistry
  • Quantum transport and properties of electronic topological matter




Nonlinear nanomechanical resonators approaching the quantum ground state
C. Samanta, S. L. De Bonis, C. B. Møller, R. Tormo-Queralt, W. Yang, C. Urgell, B. Stamenic, B. Thibeault, Y. Jin, D. A. Czaplewski, F. Pistolesi and A. Bachtold
Nature Physics https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-023-02065-9(2023)

Steady-state Peierls transition in nanotube quantum simulator
Lin Zhang, Utso Bhattacharya, Adrian Bachtold, Stefan Forstner, Maciej Lewenstein, Fabio Pistolesi & Tobias Grass
npj quantum information 9, 4 (2023)

Chiral discrimination in helicity-preserving Fabry-Pérot cavities
L. Mauro, J. Fregoni, J. Feist, & Rémi Avriller
Physical Review A, 2023, 107 (2), pp.L021501. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevA.107.L021501⟩. ⟨hal-04000433⟩


Effective temperature and dissipation of a gas of active particles probed by the vibrations of a flexible membrane
Jean François Boudet, Julie Jagielka, Thomas Guerin, Thomas Barois, Fabio Pistolesi, Hamid Kellay
Phys. Rev. Res. 4, 4, L042006 (2022)

Topological power pumping in quantum circuits
J. Luneau, C. Dutreix, Q. Ficheux, P. Delplace, B. Douçot, B. Huard, and D. Carpentier
Physical Review Research 4, 013169 (2022) [arXiv]


Charge-Transfer Chemical Reactions in Nanofluidic Fabry-Pérot Cavities. L Mauro, K Caicedo, G Jonusauskas, Rémi Avriller. Phys. Rev. B: 103 165412 (2021)

Photon-emission statistics induced by electron tunneling in plasmonic nanojunctions
R. Avriller, Q. Schaeverbeke, T. Frederiksen, and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 104, L24143 (2021), PDF.

Wavefront dislocations reveal the topology of quasi-1D photonic insulators
C. Dutreix, M. Bellec, P. Delplace, and F. Mortessagne
Nature Communications 12, 3571 (2021) [arXiv]

Phonon-Induced Pairing in Quantum Dot Quantum Simulator
Utso Bhattacharya, Tobias Grass, Adrian Bachtold, Maciej Lewenstein, and Fabio Pistolesi
NanoLetters 21, 9661 (2021). (preprint)

Proposal for a nanomechanical qubit
F. Pistolesi, A.N. Cleland, and A. Bachtold
Phys. Rev. X 11, 031027 (2021).


Two-level system as topological actuator for nanomechanical modes
C. Dutreix, R. Avriller, B. Lounis, F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. Res. 2, 023268 (2020).


Single-photon emission mediated by single-electron tunneling in plasmonic nanojunctions
Q. Schaeverbeke, R. Avriller, T. Frederiksen, F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 246601 (2019).

Build-up of Vibron-Mediated Electron Correlations in Molecular Junctions. Rémi Avriller, R Souto, A. Martin-Rodero, A Yeyati. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 99 121403 (2019)⟨hal-02014483⟩


Bistability of a slow mechanical oscillator coupled to a laser-driven two-level system
F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. A 97, 063833 (2018).

Bistability and displacement fluctuations in a quantum nanomechanical oscillator
R. Avriller, B. Murr, and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 97, 155414 (2018).

Transient Dynamics in Interacting Nanojunctions within Self-consistent Perturbation Theory
R. Seoane Souto, R. Avriller, A. Levy Yeyati and A. Martin-Rodero

Superconductor spintronics: Modeling spin and charge accumulation in out-of-equilibrium NS junctions
D. Chevallier, M. Trif, C. Dutreix, M. Guigou, C. H. L. Quay, M. Aprili, and C. Bena
New Journal of Physics 20, 013014 [arXiv]  (2018)

Bistability of a slow mechanical oscillator coupled to a laser-driven two-level system
F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. A 97, 063833 (2018).

Bistability and displacement fluctuations in a quantum nanomechanical oscillator
R. Avriller, B. Murr, and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 97, 155414 (2018).


Sensitivity of the mixing-current technique for the detection of mechanical motion in the coherent tunnelling regime
Y. Wang, G. Micchi, and F. Pistolesi
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29 465304 (2017).

On the bulk boundary correspondence and the existence of Majorana states in 2D topological superconductors
N. Sedlmayr, V. Kaladzhyan, C. Dutreix, and C. Bena
Physical Review B 96, 184516 [arXiv] (2017).

Sensitivity of mixing-current technique to detect nanomechanical motion
Y. Wang and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 95, 035410 (2017), PDF.


Electromechanical transition in quantum dots
G. Micchi, R. Avriller, and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 94, 12417 (2016)


Scaling laws for the bifurcation escape rate in a nanomechanical resonator
M. Defoort, V. Puller, O. Bourgeois, F. Pistolesi, and E. Collin
Phys. Rev. E 92, 050903(R) (2015)

Mechanical Signatures of the Current Blockade Instability in Suspended Carbon Nanotubes
G. Micchi, R. Avriller, and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 206802 (2015)

Transient dynamics and waiting time distribution of molecular junctions in the polaronic regime
R. Seoane Souto, R. Avriller, R. C. Monreal, A. Martin-Rodero and A. Levy Yeyati
Phys. Rev. B. 92, 125435 (2015)

Tunable spin-polaron state in a singly clamped semiconducting carbon nanotube
F. Pistolesi and R. Shekhter
Phys. Rev. B 92, 035423 (2015)

Andreev Bound-States Dynamics in Quantum-Dot Josephson Junctions: A Washing Out of the 0-pi Transition
R. Avriller and  F. Pistolesi
Phys Rev. Lett. 114, 037003 (2015) , PDF


Single Molecule Detection of Nanomechanical Motion
V. Puller, B. Lounis, and F. Pistolesi
Phys Rev. Lett. 110, 125501 (2013)PDF  Abstract


Quantum current noise from a Born-Markov master equation
P. G. Kirton, A. D. Armour, M. Houzet, and F. Pistolesi
Phys Rev. B 86, 081305(R) (2012)PDF

Advances in nanoelectromechanical systems
edited by F. Pistolesi
Volume 13, Issue 5, Pages 391-518 (June 2012)

Interplay of magneto-elastic and polaronic effects in electronic transport through suspended carbon-nanotube quantum dots
G. Rastelli, M. Houzet, L. Glazman, and F. Pistolesi
C. R. Physique 13, 410 (2012)PDF

Detection of Vibration-Mode Scattering in Electronic Shot Noise
M. Kumar, R. Avriller, A. Levy Yeyati and J. M. van Ruitenbeek
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 146602 (2012) Selected by the editor for a Synopsis in physics. A Noisy Junction

Large current noise in nanoelectromechanical systems close to continuous mechanical instabilities,
J. Brüggemann, G. Weick, F. Pistolesi, and F. von Oppen
Phys. Rev. B 85, 125441 (2012)

Charge fluctuations in single-electron tunneling oscillations
C. Negri and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 85, 115416 (2012)


Audio mixing in a tri-port nano-electro-mechanical device
M. Defoort, K. Lulla, J.-S. Heron, O. Bourgeois, E. Collin, F. Pistolesi
Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 233107 (2011)

Detection of ultrafast oscillations in superconducting point-contacts by means of supercurrent measurements
R. Avriller, F. S. Bergeret, F. Pistolesi,
Phys Rev. B 84, 195415 (2011)

Crossover from adiabatic to antiadiabatic quantum pumping with dissipation,
F. Pellegrini, C. Negri, F. Pistolesi, N. Manini, G. E. Santoro, E. Tosatti,
Phys. Rev. Letter 107, 060401 (2011)

Euler buckling instability and enhanced current blockade in suspended single-electron transistors,
G. Weick, F. von Oppen, F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 83, 035420 (2011)

Unified description of charge transfer mechanisms and vibronic dynamics in nanoscale junctions
R. Avriller
J. Phys. : Condensed Matter 23, 105301 (2011)


Charge noise at Cooper-pair resonance,
P. G. Kirton, M. Houzet,F. Pistolesi, A. D. Armour,
Phys. Rev. B 82, 064519 (2010)

Discontinuous Euler instability in nanoelectromechanical system,
G. Weick, F. Pistolesi, E. Mariani, F. von Oppen,
Phys. Rev. B 81, 121409 (2010)

Resonant magneto-conductance of a suspended carbon nanotube quantum dot,
G. Rastelli, M. Houzet, F. Pistolesi,
Europhysics Letters 89, 57003 (2010)


Cooling a vibrational mode coupled to a molecular single-electron transistor,
F. Pistolesi,
J. Low Temp. Phys. 54, 5 (2009)


Self-consistent theory of molecular switching,
F. Pistolesi, Ya. M. Blanter, I. Martin,
Phys. Rev. B 78, 085127 (2008)


(Part of the) group members January 2024  (from left to right, first line G. Bertel, J. Wise, F. Pistolesi, S. Rostamzadeh, second line A. Bejarano, C. Dutreix)

Current members:



Group members the 5th of October 2017 (from left to right, F.Pistolesi, C. Dutreix, Q. Shaeverbeke, R. Avriller)

Former members:

  • Lorenzo MAURO, PhD Student 2019-22, Postdoc.
  • Quentin SCHAEVERBEKE, PhD Student 2016-20, Research Scientist at C12 Quantum Electronics.
  • Gianluca MICCHI, PhD Student 2014-16 (lower photo, first on the left) Research Scientist in Music AI at TikTok.
  • Vadim PULLER postdoc 2012-15, (lower photo second on from the left), Project leader on Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at GMT Science.
  • Yue WANG, PhD Student 2015-17, position at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu China (last on the right).
  • Carlotta NEGRI, PhD Student 2011-13, now Senior Resercher at UNI Research  Bergen Norway (not in the photo).

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