Centre national de la recherche scientifique
CNRS, French National Centre for Scientific Research, is a government-funded research organisation under the administrative authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. CNRS is the main fundamental research organisation in Europe and largely involved in national, european and international projects covering all fields of science. CNRS manages 1211 laboratories, either under sole authority or in partnership with universities, other research organisations or industries (UMR).
CNRS hosts more than 28 900 researchers and counts 55 000 publications in 2021, with 80% of these publications in free access. CNRS has a strong experience and capacity in management of EU-funded projects : it is the first research organisation to benefit from european grants, with over one billion grant under H2020. CNRS is the sixth patent applicant in France.
Role within PASQuanS 2
CNRS is developing two quantum simulation platforms based on trapped circular Rydberg atoms. They exploit the long lifetimes of circular levels, two orders of magnitude longer than those of laser-accessible Rydberg levels. A rubidium platform aims at increasing the simulation timescale by several orders of magnitude with respect to existing Rydberg platforms. A strontium platform will additionally take advantage of the optical manipulation of Rydberg levels through the second valence electron of strontium atoms.