Fabio PISTOLESI is a member of the Condensed Matter Theory group, and develops an activity in the field of Quantum Transport and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems.





Latest News

We proposed a new kind of qubit based on a nanomechanical oscillator that profits of the exceptional isolation from the environment that mechanical oscillators can afford !

Read more about it in the publication:

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


See also the Physics Focus article,       

and the comments on Sciences et Avenir (in French), the CNRS website (in French),  Physics World (English), and  L’Usine Nouvelle (in French).

We have a postdoc position open, have a look at https://bit.ly/3mJFANL or also at



Our work on “Single-photon emission mediated by single-electron tunneling in plasmonic nanojunctions” .


Workshop on NanoElectronics and Nanomechanics at IBS, Korea.


Two preprints with our recent results quantum transport and optomechanics appeared in July.


The second edition of Frontiers of NanoMechanical Systems (FNS2019) took place in  Palm Springs, California 10-15 February 2019. We are now planning a third edition in 2021, somewhere in Asia. http://fns2019.org/



Advanced School on Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics, 18-22 Sep 2017, http://indico.ictp.it/event/7991/

Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics, workshop, 25-29 Sept 2017,  http://indico.ictp.it/event/8169/

Past News

FNS Conference 2017 The “Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems (FNS)”  conference is the first meeting of a new series of conferences  on nanomechanical resonators. The conferences will focus on all aspects  of nanomechanical resonators, including mechanical nonlinearities, out-of-equilibrium phenomena, dissipation, noise, sensing applications, and the coupling of mechanical vibrations to other degrees of freedom, such as electrons, nuclear spins, photons and phonons. The motivation to create a new conference series is to foster the community working on nano-mechanical resonators, and to have a forum where the nanomechanics community meets on a regular basis.

For more informations please visit the website of the conference  http://fns-conference.org/


Mechanical Signatures of the Current Blockade Instability in Suspended Carbon Nanotubes

G. Micchi, R. Avriller, and F. Pistolesi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 206802 (2015).

The strong coupling between mechanical and electronic degrees of freedom can block the current and lead to a transition that resembles, for some aspects, to that observed in critical phenomena. Details can be found in the preprint (arXiv:1507.05017 [pdf, other]) and in the paper published on  Phys. Rev. Lett. 2015.


Andreev Bound-State Dynamics in Quantum-Dot Josephson Junctions: A Washing Out of the 0π Transition

R. Avriller and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 037003 – Published 22 January 2015

The study of the transition from 0 to Pi of a Josephson junction in presence of interaction and fluctuations induced by quasiparticles (see  R. Avriller and  F. Pistolesi, Phys Rev. Lett. 114, 037003 (2015) , PDF) has been the object of an outreach article of the Institut de Physique (INP) of the CNRS (click on the figure, article in French).

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Workshop ‘NanoElectroMechanical Systems and Beyond‘ takes place in Bordeaux organized by F. Pistolesi and R. Avriller.


A Dutch group following a recent proposal of V. Puller, B. Lounis, and F. Pistolesi detects the motion of an mechanical oscillator. See the article in Physics and on Phys. Rev. Lett.

Focus: Single Molecule Microphone
Philip Ball, Physics 7, 98 – Published September 26, 2014A single molecule can work as a vibration sensor that can detect displacements nearly as small as a proton.




25-30 August 2014, Lectures at International Casimir, San Sebastien, Espagne.  Nanoelectromechanical systems.




Nanoelectromechanics and opto-mechanics

Quantum transport in normal and superconducting systems

Current fluctuations in quantum transport.



Publications on ArXiv   Publications on Hal Archive   Google Scholar


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).

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).

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)

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

Large current noise in nanoelectromechanical systems close to continuous mechanical instabilities
J. Brüggemann, G. Weick, F. Pistolesi, F. von Oppen
Phys Rev. B 85, 125441 (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. Houzetb, L. Glazman, and F. Pistolesi
C. R. Physique 13, 410 (2012) PDF

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cooling a Vibrational Mode Coupled to a Molecular Single-Electron Transistor
F. Pistolesi
J. Low Temp. Phys. 154, 199 (2009),

Superharmonic Josephson relation at 0/pi junction transition
M. Houzet, V. Vinokur, F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B Rapid Comm. 72 220506 (2005), cond-mat, PDF

Charge shuttle as a nanomechanical rectifier
F. Pistolesi and R. Fazio
Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 036806 (2005) , PDF

Full counting statistics of a charge shuttle
F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. B 69 245409 (2004), PDF

Current-current correlations in hybrid superconducting and normal-metal multiterminal structures
G. Bignon, M. Houzet, F. Pistolesi, and F.W.J. Hekking
EuroPhys. Lett. 67, 110 (2004), PDF

Subgap noise of a superconductor-normal-metal tunnel interface
F. Pistolesi, G. Bignon, and F.W.J. Hekking
Phys. Rev. B 69 214518 (2004), PDF

Energy Dependence of Current Noise in Superconducting/Normal Metal Junctions
M. Houzet and F. Pistolesi
Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 107004 (2004), PDF

Renormalization-group approach to the infrared behavior of a zero-temperature Bose system
F. Pistolesi, C. Castellani, C. Di Castro, and G.C. Strinati
Phys. Rev. B 69 024513 (2004), PDF

Influence of thermal fluctuations on an underdamped Josephson tunnel junction
I.S. Beloborodov, F.W.J. Hekking, F. Pistolesi
in New Directions in Mesoscopic Physics, Kluwer (2003),cond-mat/0304102

Superconductivity with hard-core repulsion : BCS-Bose crossover and s-/d-wave competition
F. Pistolesi and Ph. Nozieres
Phys. Rev. B 66 054501 (2002), PDF

Observation of off-diagonal geometric phases in polarized-neutron-interferometer experiments
Y. Hasegawa, R. Loidl, G. Badurek, M. Baron, N. Manini, F. Pistolesi, and H. Rauch
Phys. Rev. A 65 052111 (2002), quant-ph/0201054, PDF

Steps and facets at the surface of a soft crystal,
P. Nozieres, F. Pistolesi, S. Balibar
Eur. Phys. J. B 24, 287 (2001), cond-matPDF see also

Off Diagonal Geometric Phases,
N. Manini and F. Pistolesi,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3067 (2000), quant-ph/9911083PDF

Geometric Phases and Multiple Degeneracies in Harmonic Resonators ,
F. Pistolesi and N. Manini,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 1585 (2000), cond-mat/0007047PDF

From semiconductors to superconductors : a simple model for pseudogaps,
Ph. Nozieres and F. Pistolesi,
Eur. Phys. J. B 10, 649 (1999), cond-mat/9902273PDF

Theory and data analysis for the excitations in liquid 4He beyond the roton minimum,
F. Pistolesi,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 397 (1998), cond-mat/9812241
See Also ILL Annual Report 1997PDF

Evolution from BCS Superconductivity to Bose Condensation :
Analytic results for the crossover in three dimensions,
M. Marini, F. Pistolesi, and G.C. Strinati,
Eur. Phys. J. B 1, 151 (1998), cond-mat/9703160PDF

Infrared Behavior of Interacting Bosons at Zero Temperature,
C. Castellani, C. Di Castro, F. Pistolesi, and G.C. Strinati,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 1612 (1997), cond-mat/9604076PDF

Evolution from BCS Superconductivity to Bose Condensation :
Calculation of the Zero-Temperature Phase Coherence Length,
F. Pistolesi and G.C. Strinati,
Phys. Rev. B. 53, 15168 (1996)  PDF

Evolution from BCS superconductivity to Bose condensation : Role of the parameter kFxi
F. Pistolesi and G.C. Strinati.

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

Job Offer

Postdoc position in theory of opto-mechanical systems

Detecting and monitoring mechanical systems at the nanoscale has important applications in sensing, quantum computation, quantum limited detection, and in general for the understanding of new phenomena at the nanoscale.

In the framework of a project financed by the French national agency ANR, we offer a two-years postdoc position aimed to the theoretical investigation of nanowires coupled to optical micro-cavities. The activity will be developed in close collaboration with three experimental groups in France, participating to the project. The candidate should have a PhD in theoretical physics in condensed matter physics or quantum optics. Previous experience in opto-mechanical systems is a plus, but is not required.

Our group as a long-standing activity in theory of nano-electromechanics and opto-mechanics. The candidate will be integrated in the Condensed Matter Theory group of the LOMA, in a dynamical and active community. The Bordeaux site is part of the excellence initiative IDEX, and offers an ideal environment for developing this research. Interested candidates can apply by sending me directly an email or using the CNRS web site.

Contact F. Pistolesi (Fabio.pistolesi@u-bordeaux.fr).

 Master internship available

Interested candidates should simply contact me by email.


Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d’Aquitaine (LOMA)
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33405 Talence Cedex

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