International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes

Subatech - Nantes laboratory on subatomic physics and technology


Address Subatech
4, rue Alfred Kastler
La Chantrerie BP 20722
44307 Nantes Cedex 3
Phone +33 (0)2 51 85 84 00
e-Mail Guillaume Batigne, Bernard Kubica
Research & Teaching

Subatech is a joint laboratory (Unité Mixte de Recherche, UMR 6457) shared by the Ecole des Mines de Nantes, the University of Nantes and the CNRS (IN2P3: Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules).
The research activities of Subatech mainly focus on nuclear physics and chemistry. A strong specificity is the very broad research field, from very fundamental subjects (quark gluon plasma, astroparticles,...) up to very applied topics (non destructive control, radioactivity monitoring, nuclear wastes,...). Subatech research can be described through its 3 main fields:
      - Universe at high energy: fundamental experimental and theoretical developments on quark gluon plasma, astroparticles and nuclear astrophysics (Alice at Cern, cosmic ray radiodetection at Nançay and Auger,...).
      - Nuclear and Environment: this field, both fundamental and applied, spans radiochemistry for nuclear waste storage, radiolysis, ADS (Accelerator Driven System) transmutation and related ADS scenarios, nuclear core characterisation with anti-neutrinos, non destructive control, and, of course, the SMART environmental radioactivity measurement activity.
      - Nuclear and Health: mainly with the actions around the Arronax cyclotron, through study and production of radionuclides for nuclear medicine therapy and imaging, and development of novel detection techniques.
Subatech educational activities are performed at the Ecole des mines and at the University, in Nantes. At the Ecole des mines, through the existing engineering formations NTSE (Nuclear: Technology, Safety, Environment) and STAR (Systems and Technologies Associated to nuclear Reactors), through "modern physics" teaching (quantum mechanics, statistical physics, relativity, nuclear physics), electromagnetism. New formations are actively being prepared: Advanced Nuclear Waste Management, Nuclear Safety... At the University, through undergraduate and graduate teaching, and the MARS master with the Ecole des mines (Fundamental and Applied Nuclear Physics, with a strong medical physicist speciality).

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