Theoretical physics

The activities of the theory group focus on the study of the fundamental interactions, encompassing a wide spectrum of interests which go from formal investigations, to theory and phenomenology of strings, fields and particles, to nuclear physics, to gravitation and cosmology, to statistical and quantum physics.

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Gravitation and Cosmology

Understanding the origin and dynamics of the primordial universe when the energy was close to the Planck scale, as well as the dynamics of black holes,  offer numerous challenges. These include  quantum effects in gravitational interactions, the mechanism of cosmic inflation, the nature of dark matter and of dark matter.

Phenomenology of fundamental interactions

The study of the fundamental interactions between the elementary constituents of matter at accelerators working at the energy and intensity frontiers, aims at providing an answer to some of the most enticing questions in physics: How comes that the Universe is matter dominated? What is the origin of the tiny neutrino masses? Is there new physics in reach beyond the electroweak scale? Do we fully understand the various regimes of strong interactions? What are the properties of nuclear systems at the stability limit and in extreme environments?

Quantum field theory and strings

Quantum field theory is the primary theoretical tool to describe both fundamental interactions and condensed matter. Nevertheless, several issues still remain open. These include the study of non-perturbative effects also via exact methods like integrability, the dynamics of supersymmetric theories and consistent theories of quantum gravity like strings, the duality between gauge and string theory, systems with branes and extra dimensions and the connection between fundamental physics at high scales and low-energy phenomenology

Quantum many body systems, quantum information & computation

The study of the quantum many body systems is the cornerstone of our understanding of different forms of matter, from its fundamental constituents to composite structures. As a result of important experimental advances that have allowed to synthesize new materials and to directly manipulate atomic structures, theory has developed new methods that integrate numerical simulations techniques with modern approaches to  statistical field theory,  importing also powerful tools from information theory and quantum computations, with a high impact in applications for data science.

People

Roberto Balbinot

Associate Professor

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Fiorenzo Bastianelli

Associate Professor

keywords: quantum field theory and string theory, path integrals, worldline formalism
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Igor Broeckel

PhD Student

keywords: String Phenomenology, Inflation, Dark Matter, Cosmology
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Roberto Casadio

Associate Professor

keywords: Black holes, Cosmology, Theories of gravitation, Quantum field theory
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Michele Cicoli

Associate Professor

keywords: String phenomenology, String cosmology
keywords: Scattering amplitudes, Worldline formalism, Gauge theories, Perturbative Quantum Gravity
keywords: Scattering amplitudes in QCD, double copy, Feynman integrals
keywords: Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Information Theory, Data Science and Computation, Tensor Networks
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Elisa Ercolessi

Associate Professor

keywords: Quantum many body systems, Phase transitions, Entanglement, Quantum information and computation, Geometric quantum
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Paolo Finelli

Associate Professor

keywords: Hypernuclei, Nuclear parity violation, In-medium chiral dynamics, Exotic nuclei structure, Nuclear mean field model,
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Daniele Gregori

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Integrability, Gauge theories, N=2 Supersymmetry, ODE/IM Correspondence, Black holes, QNM-SW Correspondence
keywords: quantum theory, cosmology, gravity
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Matteo Licheri

PhD Student

keywords: String Phenomenology, Flux Compactification, Moduli Stabilization
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Fabio Maltoni

Full Professor

keywords: phenomenology fundamental interactions particles accelerators collider
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Daniele Massaro

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Dark matter, Neutrinos, Phenomenology, Astroparticle physics, Beyond Standard Model theories, Programming
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Luca Pagani

PhD Student

keywords: effective field theory, Physics beyond standard Model
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Silvia Pascoli

Full Professor

keywords: Neutrinos, Astroparticle physics
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Nicola Pedron

PhD Student

keywords: String Cosmology - String Phenomenology - Inflation
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Tiziano Peraro

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Phenomenology of fundamental interactions, Theoretical particle physics
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Pierbiagio Pieri

Associate Professor

keywords: Quantum many-body systems, Ultracold atomic gases, Superconductivity, Superfluidity, BCS-BEC crossover
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Octavio Pomponio

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Spin models, Integrability, Out-of-equilibrium Physics, Statistical Field Theory
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Sunny Pradhan

PhD Student

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Francesco Ravanini

Associate Professor

keywords: Quantum Field Theory, Bethe Ansatz, Conformal Field Theory, Integrability

Francisco Manuel Soares Verissimo Gil Pedro

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: String phenomenology, Cosmology, Gravity
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Simone Tibaldi

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Condensed Matter Physics, Machine Learning, Quantum Computation and Information, Quantum Machine Learning
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Davide Vodola

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Theoretical Quantum Physics, Quantum Information Science, Quantum Error Correction, Quantum Many Body Systems
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Roberto Zucchini

Associate Professor

keywords: Quantum field theory, Geometrical aspects of field theory, String and (mem)brane theory