Constantin Meis is Professor at the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology and Director of Research at the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission). He is also appointed as an International Expert for the CEA.

He studied physics at the University Paris 7 where he obtained in 1984 the “Maitrise de Physique”, with specialization in Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Then he got the Master Degree (DEA) in Atomic Physics, Quantum Optics and Lasers at Orsay University (Paris Sud) in 1985. He is holder of PhD in Atomic Physics obtained also at Orsay University in 1988 and of HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) obtained at Marseille University in 2003.

After his PhD thesis he started his career in 1988 as physicist at the CEA Saclay where he worked on many theoretical studies related to the computational modelling of the electromagnetic waves propagation and absorption in magnetized low temperature metallic plasmas.

After 1995 he participated in the CEA program of nuclear waste disposal by working using atomic scale simulations (DFT and Molecular Dynamics) for the study of radiation effects in materials.

In 2001 he took the head of the Physics and Materials Unit of the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN – CEA) where he became Professor.

He has done more than a hundred publications and international communications and he is the author of the book “Light and Vacuum” edited by World Scientific in 2014 and of the augmented 2nd Edition in 2017. A resume of the theory that he has developed for the wave-particle (wave-corpuscle) nature of the photons and the quantum vacuum as the electromagnetic field ground state is given in the downloadable publications.

Academic Positions

  • Present2011

    Professor - International Expert of the CEA

    CEA - National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology

  • 20112001

    Professor – Head of the Physics and Materials Unit - Director of the Master Degree in Materials Science & Engineering

    CEA - National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology

  • 20011988

    Physicist - CEA

Education & Training

  • HDR 2003

    HDR – Atomic Physics

    University of Marseille III

  • PhD 1988

    PhD in Atomic Physics

    Orsay University (Paris Sud)

  • Master Degree 1985

    Master degree (DEA) in Quantum Optics and Laser Physics

    Orsay University (Paris Sud)

  • Maitrise de Physique 1984

    Maitrise de Physique, Atomic and Nuclear Physics

    University Paris 7