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 researcher?
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 did you want to be after you left school?
If you weren't a researcher, what would you be?
well, it’s difficult… I think a photographer.
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!