Guillaume Gervais



  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials


  • McGill University
Department of Physics


  • Canada


PhD (Low-temperature Physics), Northwestern University
MSc (Nuclear Physics), McMaster University
BSc, Sherbrooke University


Guillaume Gervais is a physicist concerned with the search for/study of quantum matter on-a-chip.

Material-wise, Gervais and his team use extremely low-disorder GaAs/AlGaAs, grown in some of the best molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) facilities in the world, as well as the cleanest material in nature, liquid 3He near T=0. They carry out measurements down to ~8 mK, in high magnetic fields up to 70T. Starting from raw semiconducting material, they tailor/fabricate structures for electrons, or nanoholes for quantum fluids, using cutting-edge clean room fabrication processes evolved from the nanotech community. In Gervais’ lab, the search for new quantum phases of matter occurs when the nanotech tools and low-temperature know-how connect with quantum physics.

Gervais’ research centres on the strongly correlated electronic properties of low-dimensional nanostructured systems very near absolute zero. These include the physics of two-dimensional electrons such as fractional quantum Hall effect, anyons and non-abelian quantum statistics; Luttinger liquid behaviour in one-dimensional systems; ‘post-graphene’ two-dimensional atomic crystals; and experiments testing analogies between fluid mechanics and the physics of black holes.


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellowships, Columbia University and Princeton University

Relevant Publications

Tayari, V. et al. "Two-Dimensional Magnetotransport in a Black Phosphorus Naked Quantum Well." Nature Communications 6 (2015): 7702.

Duc, P-F. et al. "Critical Flow and Dissipation in a Quasi-One-Dimensional Superfluid." Science Advances 1 (2015): e11400222.

Laroche, D. et al. "1D-1D Coulomb Drag Signature of a Luttinger Liquid." Science 343 (2014): 631.

Laroche, D. et al. "Positive and negative Coulomb drag in vertically-integrated one-dimensional quantum wires." Nature Nanotechnology 6 (2011): 793–97.

Gervais, G., and K. Yung. "Adiabatic Cooling with Non-Abelian Anyons." Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010): 086801.


Gervais Lab