A CNRS research scientist (1972-2016) at Institut d’Optique Graduate School (IOGS), Pierre Chavel specialises in Optical Engineering. Formerly the Director of Laboratoire Charles Fabry, he is currently (2016-) the associate Director of IOGS in charge of the Saint-Etienne site. He was a visiting scientist at University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1979-1980) and a Xiing Sheng Chern Visiting Professor at Nankai University, Tianjin (2007-2010). He has been active in optics related learned societies worldwide.


Over the years, Pierre Chavel served as an associate director, Doctoral School Ondes et Matière, Université Paris-Saclay, as head of the Erasmus Mundus master course on Optics in Science and Technology, of the SFO topical schools in Optics. He also has been the President of the French Physics Olympiads since 2011.


Pierre Chavel has lectured on geometrical, physical, and electromagnetic optics. He currently teaches Physical Optics (Fourier Optics), Diffractive Optics and Nanophotonics in Manutech-SLEIGHT Master degrees (IOGS and master OIVM-AIMA track).


  • Ph. Lalanne, P. Chavel, “Metalenses at visible wavelengths: past, present, perspectives”, Laser Photonics Review 11 (2017), DOI: 10.1002/lpor.201600295.
  • T. Grulois, G. Druart, H. Sauer, M. Chambon, N. Guérineau, S. Magli, G. Lasfargues, P. Chavel, “Reduction of material mass of optical component in cryogenic camera by using high-order Fresnel lens on a thin germanium substrate”, Appl. Opt. 54 (2015), 6313-6320.
  • D. Kuang, R. Charrière, N. Matsapey, M. Flury, J. Faucheu, P. Chavel, “Modeling the specular spectral reflectance of partially ordered alumina nanopores on an aluminum substrate”, Opt. Exp. 23 (2015) 4506-4516.
  • Ch. Bourassin-Bouchet, S. de Rossi, F. Delmotte, P. Chavel, “Spatiotemporal distortions of attosecond pulses”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A27 (2010) 1395-1403.
  • M. Peloux, P. Chavel, F. Goudail, J. Taboury, “Shape of diffraction orders of centered and decentered pixelated lenses”, Appl. Opt. 49 (2010), 1054-1064.


  • D. Baude, J.C. Meslard, J. Taboury, P. Chavel, D. Joyeux, D. Lougnot
    Brevets européen EP0424520, extension internationale WO9013832 (US, Japon) (12.2.91), «Procédé de fabrication d'une lentille en polymère transparent à indice de réfraction modulé» (Essilor International).
  • D. Baude, J.C. Meslard, G. Obrecht, P. Chavel, D. Joyeux, J. Taboury
    Brevet français FR2669265 (12.5.89), européen EP0439394, extension US et Japon, «Procédé pour la fabrication d'une lentille optique artificielle, et lentille optique artificielle correspondante» (Essilor International).
  • P. Chavel, J. Taboury, C. Paulin, M. Attia
    Brevet français FR2698751 (30.11.1992) “Detection of contours in a moving scene imaged from a moving vehicle using bursts of light from an electrically adressable spatial light modulater from a laser beam with a video camera” (PSA)
  • P. Chavel, J. Ballet, Chr. Bovet, J.P. Cano, P. Lefillastre
    Brevet français FR2910642, européen EP2097784 « composant optique transparent à deux ensembles de cellules » (Essilor International et CNRS).
  • J. Ballet, C. Benoît, Chr. Bovet, J..P. Cano, P. Chavel, F. Goudail
    Brevet français FR2960305, européen EP2572235 (21.5.2010) « production of a transparent optical component having a cellular structure » (Essilor International et CNRS).
  • M. Peloux, P. Chavel
    Brevet français FR2972814, européen EP2686718 (16.3.2011) « élément optique transparent à plusieurs couches constituées de pavages cellulaires » (Essilor International et CNRS).