Gemma De las Cuevas

I am a researcher 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. I have also been working on continuum limits of matrix product states. 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).


 Contact details:


Institut für theoretische Physik der Universität Innsbruck

Technikerstr. 21a (Office 2S18)

6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Phone: +43 512 507 52247

Email: gemma.delascuevas at, Gemma.DelasCuevas at


Brief CV:


2018                       Offered a position as Lecturer in Quantum Physics at the University of Sydney (declined)

2016 - Present   Elise Richter fellow at the University of Innsbruck

2016 - 2017         Emmy Noether Visiting fellow at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 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

2002 - 2007       Undergraduate Physics studies at Autonomous University of Barcelona



  • I'll be teaching Theoretical Quantum Information at the University of Innsbruck in the upcoming Winter Semester.

Some of my current collaborators:

Upcoming events:

  • Quantum information workshop Seefeld, July 2-6
  • British Society of the Philosophy of Science Annual Conference, Oxford July 4-6
  • Quantum information Summer school Innsbruck, July 9-11
  • Swiss Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Lugano, Sep 21-22
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Last update: Jun 20, 2018