Diego Blas  Temiño

Diego Blas Temiño

Institut de Física d'Altes Energies

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I was born in Burgos (Spain), but spent my early years in the scenic village of Benasque. I graduated in Physics from the Universidad de Zaragoza (2002), and moved to the Universitat de Barcelona for my PhD. During my thesis I focused on alternatives to General Relativity to try to alleviate the cosmological constant problem.
In 2008 I moved to EPFL, Switzerland were I developed theories of quantum gravity without Lorentz invariance and CLASS, a computer code widely used in modern cosmology. After few months in NYU, I moved to CERN in 2012, first as Senior Fellow and in 2014 as Staff Member. In this period, I widened my research towards analytical methods for large scale structure and new ideas to test dark matter models in astrophysics and precise (quantum) devices.
In 2018 I joined King's College London as Senior Lecturer and in 2021 the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IFAE as Beatriz Galindo Distinguished Researcher. I was appointed ICREA Research Professor in 2023.

Research interests

Astrophysical probes of dark matter and gravitational waves
I look for new ways to use astrophysical data (from the timing of pulsars, to galactic dynamics, or the orbit of the Moon) to find new information about dark matter and gravitational waves.
New developments in gravitational wave searchers
I am part of the LISA Consortium, associated to the LISA Mission, and led the dark matter studies since 2019. I am also part of the Einstein Telescope. I was founding member of the AION Collaboration and member of the ELGAR initiative, both aiming at searching for gravitational waves and dark matter with atomic interferometers.
(Quantum) precision technologies for fundamental physics.
I am very interested in using cutting-edge technology to detect fundamental backgrounds. I have studied atomic clocks, co-magnetometers, atomic interferometers and electromagnetic cavities for dark matter and gravitational waves. I am really excite to open new directions in this line.

Selected research activities

I joined ICREA in 1 Dec 2023. The following summary is based only on scientific activities of December 2023.
Conferences and workshops. Invited plenary talk at Saturnalia workshop. Spain.
Dissemination. 108th ICREA colloquium (with ICREA Prof. M. Martínez): ‘Listening to the dark side of the Universe: the dawn and future of gravitational wave detection’, Barcelona, December 2023.
Funding and participation in projects. Coordinator of 2021 SGR 00649 (40 k€). Co-Investigator of ST/T00679X/1 (324 k£). Member of COST Action CA21106 and PID2020-115845GB-I00 (MICINN, Spain).
Editorial activities. Editor of the collection of articles LISA: Science with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, published by Springer. Elected section coordinator to upgrade the White Paper of the community of High-Frequency Gravitational Waves.
Collaborations, leadership and visiting appointments.
  • Elected member of the LISA Consortium Constituent Council (CCC). Mandate of CCC: redefine the role of the LISA Consortium (more than 1800 scientists) after the LISA Mission is adopted by ESA (which happened in Jan 2024).
  • Topic Leader (Dark Matter), Science Interpretation WG, LISA Consortium.
  • Manager of Physics Working Package of AION Collaboration.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, Benasque Center for Science, Spain.
  • Member of LISA Consortium, ELGAR Initiative, AION Collaboration, Einstein Telescope and RITCE- Spanish Quantum Information Network.
  • Visiting Scientist of CERN, Associate Researcher of IFT-CSIC (Spain), External Collaborator of CAPA (Spain).
External evaluator for STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (UK) and FONDECYT-CHILE.
Reviewer for PRD.
Organizing the BIG&C quarterly meetings (Barcelona, Spain) and 2 international workshops for 2024: New Frontiers in Strong Gravity  (Benasque, Spain; Jul 24) and IMFP24 (Benasque, Spain; Sep 24).
Mentor of the LISA, BIST and IFAE mentorship programs.