Gemma De las Cuevas

I am a physicist working mainly at the intersection of mathematical physics and quantum many-body physics. In particular, I have worked on the description of mixed states with tensor networks (see arXiv:1907.03664 or 1903.05373 or 1909.01737 for the most recent works), and on continuum limits of matrix product states (see arXiv:1708.00029 or 1708.00880 or 1908.09761). 


I also worked on a notion of universality in spin physics which is somewhat similar to the notion of universality in computer science (see here). 


For an introduction to some of these topics, see some of my talks


In the past, I worked with Prof. Hans Briegel on a proposal for artificial intelligence called Projective Simulation (see here).

Contact details


Institut für Theoretische Physik

Universität Innsbruck

Technikerstr. 21a (Office 2S12)

6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Phone: +43 512 507 52247

Email: gemma.delascuevas at, Gemma.DelasCuevas at




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Brief CV


2018 - Present   Assistant Professor at the University of Innsbruck

2016 - 2018         Elise Richter Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck

2016 - 2017          Emmy Noether Visiting Fellow at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada

2014 - 2016         Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), Garching 

2011 - 2013          Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellow at MPQ

2007 - 2011         PhD at the University of Innsbruck. Supervisor: Prof. Hans J. Briegel

2002 - 2007        Undergraduate Physics studies at Autonomous University of Barcelona




In the Winter term 2019/2020 I am teaching Theoretical Quantum Information at the University of Innsbruck (in English). Schedule:

- Lecture (Vorlesung): Mondays 10:15 - 11:45 in 2S17 (first floor of the Institute for Theoretical Physics)

- Exercises (Proseminar): Mondays 12:30 - 14:00 in 2S17 


On 28.10., 4.11. and 25.11. there will be neither a lecture nor an exercise class. These will take place on Friday 15.11., 22.11. and 29.11. at 13:15-14:45 (lecture) and 15:15-16:45 (exercises) in 2S17. 





Containing awards and fellowships, publications and preprints, articles for the general public, list of invited presentations, participations in conferences and workshops, seminars, research visits, teaching experience, other stuff and languages.

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Last update: Sep 30, 2019