Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Everyone should have full access to the latest results of scientific research. Pre-print repositories (ArXiv, HAL), open access journals (PLoS,Optics Express) are the tools used by the new generations of scholars to build and share knowledge. I believe Scholarpedia is the next step. It is the tool the community needs : a peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written by leading experts and living legends. Always up-to-date, always extremely accurate - no doubt it will become the ultimate reference. Its success among scholars will compare with the success of Wikipedia among a broader audience.
Scholarpedia will be the place on the web where you can quench your thirst of knowledge. If ever you agree with this point of view, do not hesitate : open an account and get involved in the project !
Education & Positions
I am a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (I was admitted there in 1995) where I got the Agrégation (in 1998). I received my Ph. D. from both the University of Lyon I and the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in fluid mechanics at the end of 2002. After a post-doc at [http://www.univ-bpclermont.fr Blaise Pascal University] and a major change in my research interests (since I chose to study light instead of fluids) I have been hired as a Maître de Conférences (associate professor) in the same university.
I am now interested in nanophotonics : the art of manipulating light using nanoscale structures. In my everyday life, I consider that light is accurately described by Maxwell's equations, thus studying objects like photonic crystals, metamaterials or butterfly wings from a purely theoretical point of view.
The complete list of my publications can be found here.
Teaching is an important part of my activities. I actually teach almost all branches of physics, since most of my students aim at becoming teachers themselves : electronics, optics, classical mechanics from a practical point of view and, for the Agrégation, Fourier optics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics and Semi-conductors. Moreover, I am in charge of two lectures : Electromagnetic Optics for Licence students, and Mathematical Tools for Physics (Complex plane, distributions, linear response theory, Green's functions) for Master students.
As an author, as a reviewer (and now editor of Scholarpedia), my purpose is to favor Open Access by all means.
Here are the main Open Access journals in Optics :
- Optics Express publishes more that 2000 papers a year with a very high impact factor (around 4). Otherwise, it is quite ugly and expensive...
- Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications publishes much less papers, with a decent impact factor - but cheaper and beautiful. Just have a look.
- New Journal of Physics is not just about optics - may contain optics. Anyway, another success : impact factor > 3.4 !
- Progress in Electromagnetics Research is not just about Optics, but you may find optics in it. Apparently, a very high impact factor (>4.5) !
- PLoS One is not very often used to publish optics papers, but I have found at least one or two. Have a look on this very peculiar journal...
A complete list of open access journals in optics can be found here, but I am not sure all of them have the same impact factor as Optics Express, which is a real success.
I just love popularizing science. I have created a website dedicated to physics (in French, but receiving around 1000 visitors each day). I have given many talks for broad audiences about energy and environment, quantum mechanics, nanophotonics and nanotechnology.
For further information (alas, in French, but one day very soon in English), you may follow this link.