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B-Phot researcher Martin Virte receives the 2014 publication prize from Supélec Foundation.

January 8, 2015 at 15:33

To promote thescientific output of Supélec’s researchers, the Supélec Foundation organizesevery year its publication prize: “le prix de la publication”. This awardrecognizes the PhD student of Supélec who has defended his thesis the same year and who has the best record in terms of publications. In 2014, this prize has been awarded to Martin Virte for his brilliant work about the nonlinear dynamics of quantum dot lasers. The ceremony took place during the prestigious gala from the Supélec Foundation in the National Marine Museum in Paris(France) on the 27th of November. After a challenging 180-second presentation of his research, Martin received the 3000 euros award from the members of the jury.

Martin’s research has been performed in the frame of a joint PhD between Supélec and B-Phot. His work focuses on the nonlinear dynamics of lasers, optical chaos and its applications. Martin made the first report of chaotic polarization fluctuations in a free-running laser diode [1], and demonstrated that this dynamics could be efficiently exploited for random number generation at extremely high-speed [2]. In total, he published 8 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including a nature photonics article and more than 15 contributions to international conferences and workshops. He successfully defended his PhD on October 20th, 2014. Since then works as a full-time post-doctoral researcher at B-Phot.

More information is available (in French) on the website of the Supélec Foundation:


Also, on the 30th of December 2014, Supélec officially merged with Central Paris to form CentraleSupelec. B-Phot has been a long-time collaborating partner of Supélec with the group of Prof. Marc Sciamanna, and is looking forward to the further amazing evolution of its partner.

Copyright for the Photographs: (c) François Hernandez

[1] M. Virte, K. Panajotov, H. Thienpont, and M. Sciamanna, “Deterministic polarization chaos from a free-running laser diode”, Nature Photon 7, 60-65 (2013).

[2] M. Virte, E. Mercier, H. Thienpont, K. Panajotov, and M. Sciamanna, “Physical random bit generation from chaotic solitary laser diode”, Opt. Express 22, 17271 (2014).

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