Prof. Harold Barangerhas taken a visiting position called a "Chaire d'Excellence" at the Nanosciences Foundation in Grenoble France in order to develop a collaboration with Grenoble researchers on the topic "Correlations and Transport Far from Equilibrium at the Nanoscale." The position is for 3 years (June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2014) and involves spending 3 months per year in Grenoble. In addition, there is funding for a postdoc and for visits both ways--Grenoble researchers to Duke and Baranger's Duke students to Grenoble. Baranger went this summer for his first visit to Grenoble as part of this appointment (June and July). Here is a photo of the city:
and a close-up of the science research area (Polygone Scientifique):
Baranger said "Since Grenoble is really a top place in my field (quantum condensed matter physics), I'm delighted to have this opportunity!"
You can read about the Nanosciences Foundation here and other Chaires d'Excellence here. The main groups with whom Baranger will be collaborating are theory and experimental groups at the Institut Néel, the Laboratoire de Physique et Modélisation des Milieux Condensés, and the theory group Theoretical Physics at the Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie of the CEA.