Anna Sanpera

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I graduated at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1986. From 1988-1992 Ph.D fellow (FPI) from the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 1993, I moved to the University of Oxford, first as a research fellow and then as Fleming fellowship. In 1996, I moved to Saclay (Paris) as an European Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. In 1998 I was appointed research fellow at the Leibninz University, in Hannover (Germany) where I did my habilitation and became Professor Assistant. Since 2005 I am an ICREA Research Professor. My research interests are quite interdisciplinary and range from quantum information theory, to quantum gases and more recently condensed matter. Presently, I am working in the interface between quantum information and condensed matter. I have stable collaborations with different research groups both at national and international level. Otherwise I am fond of literature, sports and children.

Research interests

My research interest are Quantum Information, Atomic Physics and more recently Condensed Matter Physics. I study the properties that atoms frozen to very low temperatures display. Ultracold atomic gases permit to study, in a very clean way, a rich variety of systems which appear in Nature but whose exotic properties are difficult to understand. I am also involved in the mathematical description of entanglement, arguably the most distinct feature of quantum physics. Taking advantage of the quantum properties of matter, we engineer more powerful ways to process and distribute information and build, in a near future, a quantum computers and simulators able to perform tasks that classical computers cannot. I am also working in Quantum Thermometry, Quantum Learning and Quantum Metrology to exploit the advantatges quantum physics offers us to improve machine learning tasks as well as the determination of unknown parameters with a precission that classical physics cannot achieve.

Selected publications

- Lewenstein M & Sanpera A & Ahufinger V 2017, 'Ultracold atoms in optical lattices: simulating quantum many-body systems', Oxford University Press, Oxford. Corrected paperback reprint. ISBN 978-019-878580-4.

- Yuste A, Moreno-Cardoner M & Sanpera A 2017, 'Using random boundary conditions to simulate disordered quantum spin models in two-dimensional systems', Physical Review B, 95, 19, 195167.

- Correa L, Perarnau-Llobet M, Hovhannisyan KV, Hernández-Santana S, Mehboudi M & Sanpera A 2017, 'Enhancement of low-temperature thermometry by strong coupling', Phys. Rev. A, 96, 062103.  

- Quesada R,  Rana S & Sanpera A 2017, 'Entanglement and nonlocality in diagonal symmetric states of N qubits', Physical Review A, 95, 4, 042128.

- McAlpine KD, Paganelli S, Ciuchi S, Sanpera A & De Chiara G 2017, 'Magnetic phases of spin-1 lattice gases with random interactions', Physical Review B, 95, 23, 235128.

Selected research activities

  • Apointed by the Austrian Academy of Science Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information – Innsbruck


  • Invited Researcher at the Joint Quantum Institute, Univ. of Maryland, USA April 2017


  • Scientific Program Committee of AQIS-2017 (17th Asian Quantum Information Science Conference)


  • Organizer of the International Max Planck workshop "Quantum sensing with quantum correlated system". Germany, September 2017


  • Invited Colloquia/Seminars at: Univ. of Turky (Finland), at Univ. Maryland (USA), Max Planck Institute fur Complex Systems (Germany), Univ. Lyon (France)


  • Invited talks at International Conferences: Quantum Thermodynamics (Oxford), Small and Medium Atomic Systems (Okinawa, Japan), Out of Equilibrium Systems (Italy)


  • Outreach: Invited talks "QUANTA QUANTICA" Associació Catalana d'Estudiants de Física (ACEF-UAB). December 2017; "THE COMPUTERS of the XXI st century" INS Menéndez y Pelayo. March 2017.


  • Ph.D Commitee Thesis (3) in: Spain, India, France


  • 1 Ph.D Thesis supervised: Mohammad Mehboudi (Summa Cum Laude)