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Created in 2007, the André Marie Ampère Research Federation (FRAMA) regroups the research activities in physics and astrophysics on site in Lyon. Composed of six research units, the Institute of Light and Matter (ILM), the Physics Laboratory of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (LPENSL), the Nuclear Physics Institute of Lyon (IPNL), the Laboratory of Advanced Materials (LMA), the Lyon Center of Astrophysics Research (CRAL), and the Lyon Institute of Nanotechnologies (INL), the FRAMA is CNRS research federation (FR3127) under co-trusteeship with the Claude Bernard University - Lyon 1, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, the École Centrale, and the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon. The partner laboratories of the FRAMA comprise more than 550 persons, with about 400 permanent employees (lecturer-researchers, researchers, technical research support personnel), 110 Ph.D. students, and 35 post-doctoral researchers.

At the juncture of the different laboratories, the FRAMA supports and coordinates the evolution of seven technological platforms that are open to all academic and industrial partners: the Lyon Platform for Experimentation on Aggregates (PLYRA), the Center of Nano-Opto-Technologies (NanOpTec), the Lyon Platform of Experiments under Extreme Conditions (PLECE), the Platform of Nanowires and Nanotubes of Lyon (P2NL), the platform of Analyses and Ion-Beams for Radiology and the Environment (ANAFIRE), the NanoLyon technological platform, and the Technological Center for Microstructures (CTµ, in common with Chemistry and Biology). Three other platforms, the Common Center of Optical Microspectrometry (CECOMO), the Lyon Center of Magnetometry (CML), and the Interdisciplinary Center of Mass-Spectrometry of Lyon (CISMALY), which belong to the Chemistry Federation, are likewise associated with FRAMA.


FRAMA's objective is to animate, structure, and coordinate activities in physics and astrophysics on site in Lyon, to contribute to their visibility, to develop and animate the links between laboratories and to other disciplines, and to introduce common scientific initiatives.

Besides the support of the technological platforms, this goal is embodied by the coordination of the local physics research politics and by the initiation and the continuing support of inter-laboratory projects. FRAMA thus defines and coordinates, in association with the physics departments, the  requests for lecturer-researcher and BIATOSS (research support technician) positions for the annual recruitment campaigns of the different institutions, primarily at Lyon 1 University, as well as the funding for visiting professorships. FRAMA furthermore organizes a yearly call for research proposals to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between different laboratories or research groups, to initiate novel and innovative research themes, and to support projects of researchers and lecturer-researchers who have been recently-recruited by the partner laboratories.

FRAMA contributes likewise to the animation and the scietific culture of the Lyon site, by organizing invited presentations, seminars and topical one-day conferences, and by supporting international colloquiums. It furthermore has a central role in the reorganization of the La Doua campus in the context of the Lyon-Tech La Doua campus initiative, with most notably the creation of a dedicated physics and nanotechnology sector.

Research Topics

The principal research themes developed in the Federation's partner laboratories are:

  • Molecules and biomolecules, physics of matter ans materials
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: nano-materials, nano-optics, ...
  • Hydrodynamics, complex liquids and liquids at interfaces
  • Optics and spectroscopy, lasers, ultra-fast lasers and their applications
  • Thin films and optical materials
  • Theoretical physics, modeling, cosmology
  • Observational astrophysics
  • Fundamental interactions, subatomic physics and astroparticles
  • interdisciplinary physics (biology, medicine, biochemistry, geophysics, mathematics, signal processing, environmental science, ......)



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