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Guillaume Gervais Physicist

The broad theme of Gervais’ laboratory is the search and/or study of
quantum matter on-a-chip. Material-wise, they 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’ laboratory, the search for new quantum phases of matter occurs when the nanotech tools and low-temperature know-how connect with quantum physics.

Guillaume  Gervais’  research centers 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, 2005.

Relevant Publications

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

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

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

D. Laroche et al, "Positive and negative Coulomb drag in vertically-integrated one-dimensional quantum wires," Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 6, pp. 793-797, 2011.

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



Fellow Quantum Materials


McGill UniversityDepartment of Physics


Postdoctoral Fellowship Columbia University and Princeton University

PhD (Low-temperature Physics) Northwestern University

M.Sc. (Nuclear Physics) McMaster University

B.Sc. Sherbrooke University



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