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Charge to spin conversion in HgTe topological insulators

Département d'Optronique (LETI)

Laboratoire des Matériaux pour la photonique



The intrinsic spin-momentum locking of Dirac fermions at the surface or interface of topological insulators opens the path towards novel spintronic effects and applications. Strained HgTe/CdTe is a model topological insulator and a very good candidate to design and demonstrate new spintronic devices exploiting the very large charge to spin conversion efficiency expected for such 2D systems. This postdoc position aims at realizing the first demonstration of the direct charge to spin conversion in topological HgTe nanostructures and use this demonstration as a building block for spin based logic elements.

Development of a mechanical energy harvester based on a rotating machine architecture with permanent magnets

Département Systèmes

Laboratoire Autonomie et Intégration des Capteurs



This Post-doc offer will be aimed at developing energy harvesters, and more especially electromagnetic energy harvesters with an operation mode close to the one of rotating machines with permanent magnets. The post-doc applicant will have a background in electrical engineering and an experience in rotating machines design, ideally, with permanent magnets. The missions of the Post-doc applicant will be to: 1) Imagine and design small-scale innovative energy harvesters by exploiting the techniques used in rotating machines. 2) Model and optimize the devices 3) Characterize the systems 4) Participate to the industrialization process

Minimizing modifications at III-V pattern sidewalls after plasma etching for heterointegrated optoelectronics and nonlinear photonics

Département Technologies Silicium (LETI)

Autre laboratoire



This project will focus on understanding plasma-induced damage at the sidewalls of micro-nano-patterned III-V semiconductors to find relevant technological solutions capable to minimize this damage. There is a clear need of knowledge on by which mechanisms and to what extent the plasma etching process modifies the III-V pattern sidewalls and the consequences it has on the device optical performances. The selected III-V semiconductor will be aluminium gallium arsenide which exhibits excellent optoelectronic properties and strong nonlinear parametric gain. The student will be mainly focused on understanding how the key plasma process parameters influence the structural and chemical changes at the III-V sidewalls, as well as changes of optical properties. This will require the development of a methodology for a 3D quantitative characterization of the sidewalls at the nanoscale, based on Auger microscopy and cathololuminescence. The main objective will be to correlate plasma-induced structural defects and modifications of the optoelectronics properties. The second step will consist in developing optimized plasma etching processes for III-V semiconductors, exploring alternative plasma technologies. You will also be involved in the development of processes for restoring and passivating the AlGaAs sidewalls.

Development of lead free piezoelectric actuator

Département Composants Silicium (LETI)

Labo Composants Micro-actuateurs



At CEA-Tech, the LETI Institute creates innovation and transfers it to industry. The micro-actuator component laboratory (LCMA) is working on the integration of piezoelectric materials into microsystems that allow electromechanical transduction. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is today the most powerful piezoelectric material for micro-actuator applications. However, the introduction in the near future of a new standard regarding the lead amount allowed in chips (European RoHS directive) leads us to evaluate alternative lead-free materials to PZT for piezoelectric actuator applications. The development of lead-free materials has thus become a major focus of piezoelectric research. This research led to revisit and modify some classical piezoelectric such as KNbO3 and BaTiO3. In particular, the KNaxNb1-xO3 (KNN) family has been identified as promising. The objective of the postdoc is therefore to evaluate some lead-free piezoelectric materials and to compare their properties with that of the reference material, PZT. Suitable test vehicles will be fabricated in LETI's clean rooms for electrical and piezoelectric characterizations by mean of dedicated tools already available at lab. For this work the candidate will lean on a solid experience developed at LETI for more than 20 years on piezoelectric thin films.

Sizing and control optimisation of a hydrogen production system coupled with an offshore wind farm





Coupling MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) and hydrogen sectors reveal an important potential long-term assets. The MHyWind project suggests to estimate the energetic and economic potential of a hydrogen production system integrated into a substation of an offshore wind farm. The hydrogen produced and stored locally will be distributed by boat for harbour uses, as a replacement of fossil fuels. For that purpose, it will be organized a simulation which will integrate all the energy chain towards the harbour uses of hydrogen. It will allow to estimate various configurations and sizing according to the local uses, valuation leverages, control modes and behavior of the system. The criteria will be the producible (kg of H2 producted and used) and complet costs (CAPEX and OPEX). The objective of the postdoctoral student will be to develop the simulation tool on this applicative being fully integrated with the teams of concerned laboratories.

Design of a power integrated circuit using GaN on Si, characterization, implementation.

Département Architectures Conception et Logiciels Embarqués (LIST-LETI)



The objective is to propose an innovative solution to supply low voltage electronics (3 to 12VDC) or to charge accumulators, using industrial alternating voltages (230VAC / 400VAC). This type of device should benefit greatly from the contribution of integrated passive technologies and the possibilities offered by the ASICs developed at Leti, in particular GaN ASICs. This research program is part of the Leti's 'power roadmap'. From the state of the art and concepts envisaged by CEA researchers, the post-doctoral student will have to imagine an original solution, to design it and then to characterize the prototype. The research program involves other academic partners, which allows the post-doctoral student to immerse himself in an upstream research context. An industrial application has been identified. The post-doctoral student will be encouraged to enrich the subject with additional functions in the control (regulation) at very high frequency, the transmission of isolated signals via the converter or any other proposals.

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