• Chemistry - Materials
  • Complex systems and software engineering

Unité mixte de physique CNRS/Thales (UMPhy)

Research unit


UMPHY is a research unit of both CNRS and the Thalès corporation, which is associated with Université Paris-Sud. The research carried out at UMPHY is state of the art, with for instance the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance in 1988 (2007 Nobel Prize), or the development of spintronics. The main research themes are nanoelectronics, microfabrication, high critical temperature supraconductors, and bio-inspired electronic circuits. Thanks to its state of the art technological platforms, UMPHY is a major contributor in the fileds with which it interacts.



Innovation themes

Map and access

1, avenue Augustin Fresnel

Our research areas


- HCT superconductors
- spin transfer
- magnomics
- LIGA microfabrication
- near field microscopy
- tunneling barriers in graphene
- spin filters
- ferroelectrical memristors
- insulating oxyde heterostructure
- bio-inspired calculus architectures
- thin films functionalization

Applications sectors

  • Networks / Telecom
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 45
Number of researchers : 22
Number of doctoral students : 17

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

- near field microscopy (CT-AFM, PFM, MFM, nanolithography)
- LIGA microfabrication


Our results

Projects examples

- 3 active ERCs : Advanced et Consolidator (2013) on functional oxydes, 1 ERC : cognitive treatment of information
- spintronics : 30 contracts (12 CE, 18 ANR)
- functional oxydes : 11 contracts (including 1 ERC Advanced et 1 ERC Consolidator fin 2013, and 6 ANR)
- supraconductors /signal treatment : 9 contracts (including 2 CE, 3 ANR, 1 DGA)
- cognitive treatment of information : 3 contracts CE (including 1 ERC Starting) and 1 ANR contract

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

Advanced Ferroics lab, CentraleSupelec, Laboratoire de Physique du Solide, Orsay Synchrotron SOLEIL Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Univ. Paris Diderot Laboratoire de Physique et d'Etude des Matériaux, ESPCI, Paris CEA Iramis, Saclay ETRANGER : Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain Physics of Complex Materials Group, Univ. Complutense Madrid, Spain Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany Luxembourg Institue of Technology, Luxembourg University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

Private collaborations



Establishments of affiliation