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




See for our group website.


News: 2 open PhD positions


I am currently offering 2 PhD positions to work on topics at the intersection of mathematical physics and quantum many-body physics. Gross salary: 38 550 EUR per year, for four years. The positions are granted by the Stand Alone Project of the FWF with the title "Positivity structures in quantum many-body physics."


Candidates must have studied Physics or Mathematics (or both) and must have completed an excellent Master Thesis. They should be highly motivated. Applications of women are encouraged. Applicants should send their CV, their degree's grades, the name of their Master Thesis supervisor and a short motivation text to my email address. The earliest starting date is January 1, 2020. 


Apart from that, I am generally open to supervising Master students - please get in touch if you are interested in working with us. 


For more information, see Open positions in our group website. 


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, Germany

2011 - 2013          Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellow at MPQ

2007 - 2011         PhD at the University of Innsbruck, Austria

2002 - 2007        Undergraduate Physics studies at Autonomous University of Barcelona


Upcoming events


- Quantum Natural Language Processing, Oxford, December 5-6, 2019.

- Visit of Prof. Ion Nechita, Toulouse, December 11-13, 2019.

- Barcelona Alumni Global Summit (organised by SciTech DiploHub), Barcelona, December 27, 2019.

- Visit of Dr. Bernat Corominas-Murtra, IST Austria, January 15-18, 2020.




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: Nov 14, 2019