Gemma De las Cuevas

I am a physicist working mainly on the description of quantum many-body systems from a theoretical perspective, for which I use tensor networks. In particular I have been working on the positivity problem, which is the question of how to represent efficiently the positivity of an operator with a tensor network (see here or here or here). I have also been working on continuum limits of matrix product states (see here or here).


In parallel, I have also worked on a notion of universality in spin physics which is somewhat similar to the notion of universality in computer science (by which there exist universal Turing machines; see here).


I am also interested in some conceptual / philosophical aspects in physics. For a gentle introduction to various 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 which has been pursued in many exciting directions (see here).

Contact details:


Institut für Theoretische Physik

Universität Innsbruck

Technikerstr. 21a (Office 2S18)

6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Phone: +43 512 507 52247

Email: gemma.delascuevas at, Gemma.DelasCuevas at




In Fall 2018 I am starting a small group - for more details see here.


Brief CV:


2018 -                   Assistant Professor at the University of Innsbruck  (my website at the university)

2016 - 2018         Elise Richter Fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the 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), Germany

2011 - 2013          Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellow at the MPQ

2007 - 201 1        PhD at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Supervision: Prof. Hans J. Briegel

2002 - 2007       Undergraduate Physics studies at Autonomous University of Barcelona



  • I am teaching Theoretical Quantum Information at the University of Innsbruck this Winter Semester. For more details, see Teaching



Containing awards and fellowships, publications and preprints, articles for the general public, list of invited presentations, participation in conferences and workshops (talks, posters, and attendance), seminars, research visits, teaching experience, supervision, other stuff, and languages. 

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Last update: Dec 29, 2018