Anna Sanpera

Anna Sanpera

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I obtain my Physics degree from the Universitat Autòmoma de Barcelona 1986. From 1988 to 1992 I was a doctoral fellow (FPI) of the Ministry of Education and Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and defended my PhD in 1992.  In 1993, I moved to Oxford University, fas a research fellow and 1994-1995 as a Fleming Fellow. In 1996, I was European postdoctoral research fellow  in CEA-Saclay. In 1998, I was  research fellow at Leibninz University, Hannover (Germany), where I habitlitated in 2002 and became assistant professor. Since 2005 I am an  ICREA research professor. My research interests  involve quantum information theory, in particular entanglement theory,  but also to quantum gases, condensed matter, out-of-equilibrium open quantum systems and quantum neural networks.  I am also interested and involved in education and the popularization of science to society.  Otherwise, I am fond of  literature, sports and children.

Research interests

My research interest cover quantum information, atomic physics, condensed matter and statistical  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 in order to build, in a near future, quantum computers and simulators able to perform tasks that classical computers cannot. I am also working in quantum thermodynamics, open quantum systems, 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

- Riera-Campeny A, Sanpera A & Strasberg P 2022, 'Open quantum systems coupled to finite baths: A hierarchy of master equations', Physical Review E, 105, 5, 054119.

- Marconi C, Colomer Saus P, García Díaz M & Sanpera A 2022, 'The role of coherence theory in attractor quantum neural networks', Quantum 6, 794.

- Marconi C, Riera-Campeny A, Sanpera A & Aloy A 2022, 'Robustness of nonlocality in many-body open quantum systems', Physical Review A, 105, 6, L060201.

- Diaz MG, Sentis G, Tapia RM, Sanpera A 2022, 'Volumes of parent Hamiltonians for benchmarking quantum simulators', Physical Review Research, 4, 2, 023228.

Selected research activities

Academic Director of the Postgraduate "Quantum Engineering" degree. Universitat Politècnica Catalunya

Visitant Professor /UNESCO consultant ICTP/EAIFR 2022-2024

Scientific Advisory Board: Max Plank Institute of Light, Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Innsbruck, EU-Quantum Flagship