Research: Physics

See Publications

My research activity as a physicist in the last 10 years has been related to force measurement at nanoscale. 

This experimental work is based on building new machines.

Major subjects as shown by publications have been:
- Study of the mechanical effects of vacuum quantum fluctuations: the Casimir effect
- Measurement of the heat transfer in vacuum in the near field regime: twin brother of the previous question

- Now: Mechanical properties of living materials at nano scales
This is based on the development of a new AFM: the Force Feedback Microscope
It can be seen as a nano-SFA (Surface Force Apparatus). 
This machine gives access to a full characterization of interaction (force, stiffness and dissipation) between a nano tip and a nano object in air, in vacuum or in liquid.

Master sentence for us in this research is: 
"If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that
All things are made of atoms-little particles that that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another.
In that one sentence, you will see, there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied."
R. P. Feynman