About me

I graduated in Physics in 2002 with Massimo Palma at the University of Palermo (Italy) working on the influence of classical noise on the Berry phase. I then started in 2003 my PhD in Physics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy) under the supervision of Rosario Fazio.

At the beginning I worked on quantum information processing with spin networks. I devoted the second part of my PhD developing a time dependent density matrix renormalization group code (t-DMRG). It is freely distributed at this page. I used the code to study the superfluid-Mott insulator transition in one-dimensional spin-1 condensate and the dynamics of entanglement in critical spin chains.

After my PhD in 2006, I moved to BEC centre in Trento and worked mainly with Tommaso Calarco on implementation of quantum information processing with cold atoms. I particular we showed how the use of optimal control theory can enhance the fidelity of quantum gates with neutral atoms in optical lattices.

In 2007 I joined as a PostDoc the quantum optics group at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) leaded by Giovanna Morigi where I worked on ion crystals and ultracold atoms in cavities.

In October 2009 I moved to Anna Sanpera's group at the quantum information group at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). where I worked on spin chains and entanglement in one-dimensional systems.

In July 2011 I have started as a Lecturer at the Queen's University of Belfast in Quantum Technology group.

My Research

  • Quantum Thermodynamics
    • Quantum information & quantum computing
    • Entanglement and QIT in solid state systems
    • Quantum phase transitions in low dimensional systems
    • Density matrix renormalization group and tensor networks
    • Quantum optimal control
    • Berry's phase and geometrical dephasing