Prof. Philippe Quentin, Ph.D.



Born 13 January 1944, Paris XX

French Citizenship

Married with Mireille Quentin born Bertrand, December 23 1967

7 children : Catherine (1969), François (1971), Magali(1977-1982), Marie-Madeleine (1981), Miryam (1983), Claire (1985), Jean (1989)



Home              15 Impasse du Moulet

                        33170 Gradignan


                        tel. : +33 (0)5 56 75 15 21

Work               CENBG

Rue du Solarium

                        BP 120

33175 Gradignan-Cedex


tel. : +33 (0)5 57 12 07 79      

                        fax : +33 (0)5 5712 07 77




Baccalauréat (Sciences) 1961

Ecole Polytechnique Paris (class 1963)

DEA Physique Nucléaire (Univ. Paris Sud, Orsay) 1968

Doctorat es Sciences (Univ. Paris Sud, Orsay) 1975



Ingénieur du Génie Maritime 1965-1966

Ingénieur CEA (Cadarache then  Saclay) 1966-1973

Research staff CNRS (Orsay) 1973-1981

Professor (Univ. Bordeaux 1) 1981-2008

« Professeur de classe exceptionnelle (second échelon) » and as of October 1st 2008 Emeritus Professor


Geographical mobility

Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark)                                    1 stay (2 years)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM, USA)            9 stays (duration from 1 year to 6 weeks)

Institut Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France)                                        1 stay (2 years 3 months)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA, USA)   3 stays (6 months)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA, USA)        1 stay (3 months)


International Collaborations

These collaborations imply short stays  in the relevant countries

Currently active collaborations are marked with a star

For most of them I  serve or served as responsible or co-responsible(for the French part)

Algeria :                      Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Alger, Kouba*

Université Fehrat Abbas, Sétif*

                                    Université Mentouri, Consrtantine, Algeria*

Germany :                   Univ. Regensburg

Bulgaria :                     Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia*

Cambodia :                  Institut de Technologie du Cambodge, Phnom Penh

Malaysia :                    Univ. of Technology of Malaysia, Johor Skudaï*

UKM , Bangi *

Uzbekhistan :              Institut of Nuclear Physics, Tashkent

Poland :                       Univ. Jagellonnian Univ., Krakow

                                    Univ. Marie Curie-Skłodowska, Lublin*

                                    Univ Warsawa, Poland*

Russia :                        Bogoliubov Lab. of Theoretical physics, Dubna

USA :                          Theoretical Div., Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Vietnam :                    Vietnam National Univ., Natural Sciences College, Ha Noï*

                                    Tan Tao University, Long An, Vietnam*


Various (most important) Responsabilities


Elected Member (2 terms) and member of the board (2 terms) of the Section « Theoretical Physics » of the Comité National du CNRS (1983-1991)

Laboratory Director of the CSNSM Orsay (Unité Propre du CNRS) 1991-1994

Laboratory Director CENBG Gradignan (UMR Univ. Bordeaux 1 et CNRS) 1994-1998

Elected Member (2 terms), member of the board (2 terms) and chairman (1 term) of the Section « Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Astro-Particle Physics  Theoretical Physics » of the Comité National du CNRS (2001-2008)

Expert for the MST, Ministère de la Recherche (Direction Scientifique 2) since 2003 till 2007

Responsible of the DEA cursus « Nuclei, Atoms, Clusters, Plasmas » of the Bordeaux 1 Univ. (1999-2002)

Co-Responsible of the Master cursus «  Astrophysics, Plasmas, Corpuscules » of the Bordeaux 1 University(2003-2006)

Responsible for the Master cursus “Physique Nucléaire et Applications”, Univ. Bordeaux 1,  delocalized in Ha Noï, Vietnam

Responsible of the Theoretical Physics group, CENBG until October 2008

Referee for various scientific reviews


Main Research Themes


Theoretical Physics :

Non-relativistic quantal many body problem for finite fermionic systems

Mean field approaches with effective density-dependent interactions

Pairing correlations, vibrational correlations

Large amplitude collective motion in the adiabatic limit

Semi classical approximation à la Wigner-Kirkwood

Grand canonical thermodynamical equilibrium within the Hartree-Fock approximation


Nuclear Physics :

Ground state static properties (energies, radii, multipole moments)

Description of low lying excited states (collective and individual excitations)

Pairing correlations (particle number conserved approaches, induced currents, n-p correlations)

Collective modes (global and intrinsic rotational modes, vibrations, fission, fusion)

Nuclear isomers

Isospin symmetry violation (mixing rates, effect on beta radioactive decays)



More than 120 papers published in international referred reviews.

Co-auhor with J. Bartel (IPHC Strasbourg) of a book to be finalized entitled

« L’approximation de particules indépendantes du problème à N corps ».

Main Director of a dozen PhD thesis.


Other activities, studies and works

Auditor in university lectures in philosophy (licence in Paris and Grenoble)

Licence studies in theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris

Author of two books (« Que penser du Suaire de Turin aujourd’hui » 2001, « Sciences, obstacles ou chemins vers Dieu ? » 2008)