Emanuele Dalla Torre 2008-2009

Institution of PhD:
Weizmann Institute of Science
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PhD Advisor/s:
Prof. Ehud Altman
Dissertation Topic:
Strongly Correlated States in Ultracold Atoms
Year Awarded PhD:
Institution of Postdoc:
Harvard University
Present Institution:
Bar-Ilan University
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Emanuele Dalla Torre is a physicist and  faculty member of Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Physics.

Emanuele heads the “Non-equilibrium Many-body Physics” group in Bar-Ilan. The group studies the dynamics of large and interacting systems, starting from the microscopic quantum world. Quantum mechanics follows the principle of superposition: if an atom can move to the left or to the right, it can also be in a superposition of these two states. In contrast, macroscopic objects follow the laws of classical mechanics, which do not allow any superposition. The transition from a single atom or electron to a large many-body system is pretty well understood for systems at “thermal equilibrium” at a fixed temperature. Formally, this transition involves the introduction of a forth “imaginary” direction, which accounts for the superposition of the different states. Starting from this mapping, researchers in the field many-body physics developed powerful tools to describe large quantum systems, without the need to follow each single atom.

Emanuele’s PhD thesis “Strongly Correlated states in Ultracold Atoms” was written at the Weizmann Institute of Science under the supervision of Prof. Ehud Altman. His MSc thesis was also written in the Weizmann Institute and some of its results published in Physical Review Letters. The MSc was awarded the Masters Excellence Prize by the Weizmann Institute. Emanuele completed his PhD in 2011 and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Rothschild Foundation.

Emanuele has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including Physical Review Letters and Nature Physics.