ASTERIQS School on Solid-State Spins

with the participation of the project METABOLIQS

Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse

Corsica, France

1st to 5th November 2021

The ASTERIQS School on solid-state spins is dedicated to the emerging field of quantum sensing. It will provide a solid basis for students aiming at a scientific career in this highly active field.

The lectures will give an overview of different quantum-enhanced sensing techniques based on solid-state spins, with a focus on the Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) center in diamond. The program will cover the very basics of NV physics, from diamond growth and implantation, through measurement protocols for coherent manipulation – to modern diamond sensor fabrication and demonstration of applications in biophysics, condensed matter physics and industry. A large space will also be given to recent developments and applications of this promising field.

The school is organized and partly funded by the Horizon Europe projects ASTERIQS and METABOLIQS.

Eminent scientists will animate the school (to be confirmed):

Audrius Alkauskas, David Awschalom, Nir Bar-Gill., John Barry, Christoph Becher, Volker Cimalla, Marcus Doherty, Adam Gali, Khaled  Karrai, Christiane Koch, Quan Li, Johannes Majer, Matthew Markham, Carlos A. Meriles, Mathieu Munsch, Milos Nesladek, Mark Newton, Sébastien Pezzagna, Friedemann Reinhard, Jan Rhensius, Roelver Robert, Jean-François Roch, Franz Schilling, Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, Ilai Schwartz, Alexandre Tallaire, Tim Taminiau, Ronald L. Walsworth, Joerg Wrachtrup, Amir Yacoby, Eli Zeldov.

Scientific Committee

Christoph Becher (USAAR), Andreas Brenneis (Bosch), Thierry Debuisschert (Thales), Vincent Jacques (CNRS), Fedor Jelezko (Universität Ulm), Peter Knittel (IAF), Patrick Maletinsky (Universität Basel), Milos Nesladek (IMEC), Alex Retzker (HUJI), Jean-François Roch (ENS Paris-Saclay).


As numerous lecturers will not be able to come in Cargèse due to the health situation, we had to reduce the duration of the school on-site to one week from 1st to 5th November. The talks of these lecturers will be given by videoconference in the weeks before and after the school. Detailed agenda will be provided soon.

Application and registration

Registration is now open! To attend the ASTERIQS school, follow some steps:

  1. Pre-registration: create an account on the IESC Corsica registration  page.
  2. Resume submission: submit resume and short letter explaining your motivation for participating in the school, using this template to be completed and saved as PDF file.  Submission is done via IESC Corsica online registration site.
  3. Participant selection: participants will be selected by end of September 2021 based on the submitted resume and motivation letter.

Deadline for Registration: September 23rd, 2021

Registration Fee: in the range of 900 euros (may be lower, subject to variation depending on external funding).

Pandemic impact

Due to the health situation and restrictions on intercontinental flights, participation is limited to European students, with a maximum number of 50 attendees.

Attendees must be vaccinated.

Participation will be subject to the health regulations in effect in France at the time of the school. If in-person attendance is prohibited, we plan to hold a full online event.

Organization Committee

Thierry Debuisschert (Thales) and Valérie Mellier (ARTTIC).

More information

About the IESC Corsica site read participant guide.

Please contact us for any question.

Conference site: Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse (Corsica, France)