Les Houches

WAVES IN COMPLEX MEDIA thematic school

Reprogrammation en 2022 : 14 au 25/02

WAVES IN COMPLEX MEDIA thematic school

Ecole de Physique des Houches, du 17 au 29 septembre 2023

Cette école initialement programmée en avril 2020 a eu une belle réception auprès des doctorants, des chercheurs et des ingénieurs-chercheurs, avec plus de 50 participants prévus, de 18 nationalités différentes.

Suite à l’annulation de cette école en période de crise sanitaire, le comité scientifique des Houches nous a confirmé son accord pour une reprogrammation en septembre 2023.



Dear participant of the WACO Les Houches school,

After discussions with the Les Houches administration regarding coronavirus/COVID-19, and given the present international and national context, we have decided to cancel  the 2020 Les Houches school Waves in Complex Media scheduled in April.
We apologize for the somewhat short notice of this cancellation, but as everyone may be aware, things have been moving quite quickly in the past week, even though, until a few days ago, we had hoped to maintain the event. We do hope that we will be able to reschedule the school later, or to organize a similar event, after the threat of the coronavirus has subsided. In case you have already registered, as previously announced we will reimburse 90% of the fees.
The organizers,
Alexandre Aubry, Nicolas Cherroret, Sylvain Gigan.

text published on March 16th


Ecole thématique SFO 2020 : Ondes en milieux complexes : de la théorie à la pratique

Les Houches – 14-24 avril 2020

Cette école s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’effervescence actuelle liée à la physique des ondes dans les milieux complexes.
Cette thématique couvre non seulement l’optique, les ondes radios, mais également l’acoustique (ondes sonores, ultrasonores, sismiques) et même les ondes de matière. En optique, elle est particulièrement importante pour de nombreuses applications : imagerie biomédicale, photonique, milieux bio-inspirés ou optique atomique pour ne citer que quelques exemples.
L’essor récent de ces applications est néanmoins indissociable de très riches développements en physique fondamentale : le transport cohérent et la localisation d’Anderson, les effets coopératifs, la théorie des matrices aléatoires, sont des domaines où les progrès récents ont ouvert de nouveaux champs d’applications inimaginables il y a encore quelques années.

L’ambition de cette école est de rassembler les meilleurs spécialistes internationaux du domaine, théoriciens comme expérimentateurs, capables de donner des bases solides sur les fondamentaux du transport des ondes, de l’imagerie, du contrôle des ondes en milieu complexe et de la physique atomique, en insistant sur les analogies entre les différents types d’ondes et de milieux.

Le format long (2 semaines), ainsi que la combinaison de cours magistraux (6 à 8h) et de séminaires plus courts éclairant certains des développements les plus récents, s’adressent tout particulièrement aux doctorants, postdoctorants et jeunes chercheurs académiques ou de R&D, désirant approfondir leurs connaissances dans cette thématique.

This school falls in line with the current rich activity in the physics of waves in complex media.
This research field not only covers optics, radio waves, but also acoustics (ultrasonic or seismic waves) and even quantum matter waves. In optics, it is especially important for a number of applications: biomedical imaging, photonics, bio-inspired materials or atom optics to give a few examples.
The recent growth of these applications is, nevertheless, strongly connected with rich advances in fundamental physics: coherent transport and Anderson localization, cooperative effects, random-matrix theory, constitute fields where the progresses in the recent years have opened a new range of possibilities for applications.
The objective of this school is to gather the best international specialists of the field, theoreticians and experimentalists, able to give solid bases on wave transport, imaging, control of waves in complex media and atomic physics, paying a particular attention to the analogies between different types of waves and materials.

The duration of the school (two weeks), as well as the combination of general lectures (6 to 8 hours) and of shorter seminars shedding light on the most recent developments, make the school especially dedicated to PhD students, postdocs and academic or R&D researchers who wish to develop their knowledge in this domain.

Contacts : Sylvain Gigan (Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel), Nicolas Cherroret (Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel), Alexandre Aubry (Institut Langevin Ondes et Images)


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Waves in complex media 13 19 april

Waves in complex media 20 24 april

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Allard Mosk (University of Twente, NL)
John Page (University of Manitoba, CA)
Romain Pierrat (CNRS, FR)
Stefan Rotter (TU Wien, AU)
Anne Sentenac (Institut Fresnel, FR)
Sergey Skipetrov (CNRS, FR)
Carlo Beenaker (Leiden University, NL),
Emmanuel Bossy (Université de Grenoble, FR)
Antoine Broaweys (Institut d’Optique, FR)
Dominique Delande (LKB, FR)
Mathias Fink (Institut Langevin, FR)
Arthur Goetschy (ESPCI, FR)

Applications Seminars

Jacopo Bertolotti (Exeter University, UK)
Jérome Beugnon (LKB, Paris)
Sophie Brasselet (Institut Fresnel, FR)
Michel Campillo (Université Grenoble-Alpes, FR)
Hui Cao (Yale University, US)
Rémi Carminati (ESPCI, FR)
Marcel Filoche (Ecole Polytechnique, FR)
Luis Froufe (Fribourg University, CH)
Robin Kaiser (Université Côte d’Azur, FR)
Ori Katz (Hebrew University, IL)
Vincent Josse (Institut d’Optique, FR)
Tsampikos Kottos (Wesleyan University, US)
Geoffroy Lerosey (GreenerWave, FR)
Riccardo Sapienza (Imperial College, UK)
Silvia Vignolini (University of Cambridge, UK)
Laura Waller (Berkeley University)


campagne de soumission : fin novembre - 1 février 10 février
réponse aux candidats : 20 février
campagne d'inscription : 20 février - 20 mars
paiement ou bon de commande impérativement avant le 31 mars


submission campaign : November 21st - February 1st
answer to candidates : February 20
registration campaign : February 20 - March 20
payment or order form must be made before 31 March


To apply you have to fill in the application form :
with a short motivation letter (200 words max) and a short scientific abstract presenting your research activities and the topic of your poster (1 page, use the template available in the application form)
The school starts on Monday, April 13 for an arrival in the afternoon, and lasts till Friday April 24, at noon. On-site registration opens on Monday April 13, from 2pm.
Beware that the school is open to a limited number of 53 participants, due to the occupancy limit of the lecture room.



Catherine HERCE - SFO

registration fee

(including accommodation and meals)
no subject to VAT

Student 1200€
Researcher/Engineer/Academic 1600€
Researcher/Engineer from private companies 1800€


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- logo of your company on the site and the program with link url
- documentation in the pupils' locker (document of 2 pages max, A4 size max)
600 € TTC [500,00 € HT + 100,00 € (€ VAT)]


- demonstration on tabletop (hall or dedicated room ) On a specific time slot and included in the program on Wednesday April 22nd
- 1 person presents for free, meal offered, the day of the demonstration (*)
- logo of your company on the site and the program with link url
- documentation in the pupils' pocket (document of 2 pages max, A4 size max)
(*) The travel and the stay of this person must be planned by your care, off-site of the School, and not supported by this commercial offer
1 200,00 € TTC [1 000,00 € HT + 200,00 € (€ VAT)]


- 1 person presents, meal offered, the day of the demonstration (*)
(*) The travel and the stay of this person must be planned by your care, off-site of the School, and not supported by this commercial offer
102,00 € TTC [85,00 € HT + 17,00 € (€ VAT)]


les Houches

Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps.

Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range. Les Houches Physics School is funded by Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble-INP, ENS Lyon, and CEA. Ecole de Physique des Houches, 149 Chemin de la Côte, F-74310 Les Houches, France.


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