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Laboratory of the Physics of the two infinities Irène Joliot-Curie (IJCLab)

Research unit


The Laboratory of the Physics of the two infinities Irène Joliot-Curie (IJCLab) was born in 2020 from the merger of 5 research units: CSNCM, IMNC, IPNO, LAL, LPT. Its scientific activities are structured into 7 scientific poles:
1- Astroparticles, Astrophysics and Cosmology,
2- Accelerator physics,
3- High Energy Physics,
4- Nuclear Physics,
5- Theoretical Physics,
6- Energy and environment,
7- Health.
They are supported by an Engineering Pole which brings together high-expertise technical services, structured into four departments in the fields of electronics, IT, instrumentation and mechanics.
This set represents a unique potential for the design, development and use of the instruments necessary for the scientific challenges of the decades to come (accelerators and detectors).
The presence of a vast set of research infrastructures and technological platforms (Andromeda, ALTO, Laserix, SCALP, Supratech), is also an essential characteristic of the IJCLab.


  • Mr Achille STOCCHI

Innovation themes

Map and access

15, rue Georges Clémenceau
Bâtiment 100
91400 ORSAY

Our research areas


- nuclear physics (heavy ions, super heavy nuclei, exotic forms and magic, nuclear astrophysics on accelerator)
- high energy physics (large accelerators, standard model, etc.)
- astroparticles, astrophysics and cosmology (gravitational waves, cosmic rays, X-ray and gamma observations, dark energy and matter, primordial universe, primitive matter of the solar system)
- energy and environment (nuclear, energy scenarios, new reactor and fuel concepts, innovative waste treatment, recycling of actinides, radioactive materials and interactions with their environment, new materials, experimental simulations and irradiation models)
- physics for health (radioisotope and optical imaging, new approaches in radiotherapy, modeling of biological systems)
- theoretical physics (nuclear physics, particle physics, cosmology, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics)
- physics of accelerators (design and construction of large equipment)

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Education / Training
  • Energy
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Science / Research
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 740
Number of researchers : 220
Number of doctoral students : 140

Equipment(s) open to collaboration


Our results

Valuation offer

- research, maturation and development collaboration contracts
- assignment of patents and transfer of know-how
- creation of joint laboratories
- access to scientific and technological platforms (collaborations, training, services)
- irradiations and ion implantation

Over the past 5 years, this promotion policy has resulted in 41 contracts with industry, 10 cifre stock exchanges, 5 patents, 6 transfers of know-how, 7 assignments of patent and software licenses, 1 SESAME PIA2 (Promotion of technological platforms) of the Ile-de-France Region.

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

- France: Orsay, Saclay, Paris, Caen, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes
- Europe: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Portugal, Greece
- International: Russia, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, China, Australia, Ukraine, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, India, South Korea

Private collaborations

EDF, ANDRA, ORANO, Thalès, Orsay Physics, Amplitude Systèmes, Alsyom, Theoris, CAEN, Caylar, Nanobacterie SA, CEA, AG Medical, Systel Electronique, AzurSpace, Almae Technologies, 3SP Technologies...


Establishments of affiliation