The Laboratoire de la Physique de la Matière Condensée (PMC) is a joint CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique laboratory (UMR 7643) directed by Mathis Plapp (DR
The condensed matter physics laboratory (PMC) is a joint CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique laboratory (UMR 7643) headed by Mathis Plapp.
A brief history of PMC
PMC was originally part of the Laboratoire Bernard Gregory, and was spun off in 1961 by Ionel Solomon. In the 1960s PMC consisted of two scientific teams, the solid state physics group and the biophysics group. By 1970 PMC had 15 tenured faculty and during this decade a third ‘Electrochemistry’ team was formed by Jean-Noël Chazalviel. In 1980 a solid state chemistry team was formed which facilitated links with industry. During the 1990s five teams existed, ‘Irregularity in Physics’, ‘ Electrons, Photons, Surfaces’, ‘Electrochemistry’, ‘Solid State Chemistry’, and ‘Biophysics’. Apart from Biophysics, these are the teams into which PMC is organized today.
While all tenured faculty are employed by the CNRS, most of the PhD students are contracted through the Ecole Polytechnique.