Favourite thing to do in science: I really love to do mathematical computation and computer programming.
I’m a postdoc in Theoretical Physics at Oxford who loves physics (otherwise why I’m doing what I’m doing..?), astrophotography and boardgames.
I live with my wife in a small semidetached house in Summertown (Oxford). I like to have my small garden where I can spent part of my free time taking care of my homemade vegetables. I’m Italian so I love pasta! I eat pasta everyday! Finally, although research is extremely fascinating, I like to spend my energies to follow some other interests: speleology, astrophotography and boardgames. Ah… I forgot, I’m diabetic… but, this fact does not affect at all my life!
I work on the dynamics of “quantum” (strange) systems.
I am interested in the static and dynamic properties of one-dimensional quantum systems. In particular, I focused my research on the out-of-equilibrium aspects of 1d quantum systems after a quantum quench (local and global quenches as well as adiabatic protocols). I addressed such problems by means of analytical and numerical methods; the latter being especially useful to analyze non-integrable (read “strange”) models.
My Typical Day
C++ programming and data analysis
I wake up not too early, I take a coffe and breakfast. Then I go to work. I spend the day reading articles, analysing data, making calculations. Usually I eat with some colleagues. I come back home at 7pm more or less. I have dinner with my wife and thereafter we usually watch a movie or play a bordgame. In the weekend often we go out in a pub a we drink beer… we like beer, especially the IPA.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious theoretical physicist
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I learned many things: mathematics and programming. Together with other researcher I found a way to describe in a very nice a simple way the evolution of simple quantum models.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My professor of Math during high school.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Mathematics but also philosophy an literature
What did you want to be after you left school?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
well, it’s difficult… I think a photographer.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan… seventies rock in general. Ok maybe you do not know, but I love a very famous Italian songwriter too: Fabrizio De André
What's your favourite food?
Pasta for sure! In particular, there is a typical way to cook it in Sicily (yes I was born in Sicily) which we call “Pasta con I tenerumi”…it’s fantastic!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Maybe parachuting… even though when I was descending a 100m deep pitch in a cave, well it was awesome!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) A permanent position so as I can do my research without struggling in founding money. 2) A personal astronomical observatory. 3) Be able to descend and thus try once in my life, the deepest cave in the world (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krubera_Cave).
I do not have photos at work