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Professor at Aix-Marseille University

Director of the French Cosmogenic Nuclides National Laboratory (LN2C)

Director of the French AMS National Facility ASTER

Centre de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement (CEREGE)

Plateau de l’Arbois, BP 80

13 545 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 4





Citizenship: French.



9/81-2/88, Paris XI University, Centre de Spectrométrie Nucléaire et de Spectrométrie de Masse (CSNSM), Orsay, Thèse d’état (Nuclear Physics)

9/79-6/81, Paris XI University, Faculté de médicine des Saints-Pères, Ph.D. (Nuclear Chemistry & Radiochemistry)

9/72-6/78, Paris VI and Paris XI Universities, B.A. (Nuclear Chemistry & Radiochemistry)



Chargé de Recherche, CNRS, Centre de Spectrométrie Nucléaire et de Spectrométrie de Masse (CSNSM), Paris XI University, Orsay, 10/82-9/98

Post-doctorate, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, 2/88-7/89

Professor, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Department of Environment, Aix-Marseille University, 9/1998-present



Development of the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) technique and application of cosmogenic nuclides to problems in the geosciences.

My research interests focus on improving the AMS technique performances for commonly used cosmogenic nuclides such as 10Be, 26Al, 36Cl and 129I, on developing detection procedures for new cosmogenic nuclides of interest, on improving our knowledge of the production mechanisms of the cosmogenic nuclides, and on applying cosmogenic nuclides to the quantification of the various processes (tectonics, climate, …) affecting and modelling the Earth’s surface over the last few millions years.

In conjunction with my position as Professor at Aix-Marseille University, I teach courses in geosciences and geochronology. In addition, I have mentored and still mentor PhD students on the analytical techniques and interpretive approaches associated with the application of cosmogenic nuclides to earth science problems.


Journal articles1 document

  • Félix de Tombeur, Sophie Cornu, Didier Bourlès, Adrien Duvivier, Julie Pupier, et al.. Retention of $^{10}$Be, $^{137}$Cs and $^{210}$Pb$_{xs}$ in soils: Impact of physico-chemical characteristics. Geoderma, Elsevier, 2020, 367, pp.114242. ⟨10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114242⟩. ⟨hal-02503509⟩