EPFL is home to over 350 laboratories and research groups, each working at the forefront of science and technology. We have a goal to better understand our world and we aim to improve it.
Thématiques: Recherche et tech transfer, STI, Robotique

A diverse, committed and stimulating research community

Across its several campuses, EPFL has a diverse, committed and stimulating research community that is active over a wide spectrum of quantitative and design-focused disciplines. To foster trans-disciplinary research we launch strategic initiatives such as the Blue Brain Project, the Swiss Plasma Centre or the Venice Time Machine.

We address critical areas such as data science, personalised health, biomedical engineering, energy, robotics and advanced manufacturing, to engage in crucial societal challenges while ensuring that Switzerland remains at the cutting edge of modern technology.

Our research community and the science it produces are open to the world: we share the knowledge that we produce, we engage the general public and we have many collaborations and partnerships with other institutions and research laboratories.

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In a new quantum simulator, light behaves like a magnet

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Physicists at EPFL propose a new “quantum simulator”: a laser-based device that can be used to study a wide range of quantum systems. Studying it, the researchers have found that photons can behave like magnetic dipoles at temperatures close to absolute zero, following the laws of quantum mechanics. The simple simulator can be used to better understand the properties of complex materials under such extreme conditions.

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atiques: Recherche et tech transfer, STI, Robotique

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Thématiques: SB, Chimie, Remise de prix et distinction, Enseignement, Campus

EPFL faculty

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Thématiques: Start-up et industrie, Microtechnique, Recherche et tech transfer

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Thématiques: Microtechnique, Recherche et tech transfer, STI, Robotique

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