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Eugenio Bianchi

Eugenio Bianchi

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  • Assistant Professor of Physics
104 Davey Lab #262
University Park, PA 16802
Email: exb34 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 865-3147


  1. Ph.D. (Physics) Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Bronstein Prize
  • 2012 Banting Fellowship
  • 2009 Marie Curie Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Bianchi, Eugenio and Matteo Smerlak. Entanglement Entropy and Negative Energy in Two Dimensions, Phys.Rev. D90 (2014) 041904. (10.1103/PhysRevD.90.041904)
  2. Bianchi, Eugenio and Matteo Smerlak. Last Gasp of A Black Hole: Unitary Evaporation Implies Non-Monotonic Mass LossGen.Rel.Grav. 46(2014) 10, 1809. (10.1007/s10714-014-1809-9)
  3. Bianchi, Eugenio and Robert C. Myers. On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry, Class.Quant.Grav. 31 (2014) 21, 214002. (10.1088/0264-9381/31/21/214002)
  4. Bianchi, Eugenio. Quantum Geometry of Space in Spinfoam Gravity, Acta Phys.Polon. B44 (2013) 12, 2447-2462. (10.5506/APhysPolB.44.2447)
  5. Bianchi, Eugenio and Alejandro Satz. Mechanical Laws of the Rindler Horizon, Phys.Rev. D87 (2013) 12, 124031. (10.1103/PhysRevD.87.124031)
  6. Bianchi, Eugenio and Hal M. Haggard. Discreteness of the Volume of Space from Bohr-Sommerfeld Quantization, Phys.Rev.Lett 107 (2011) 011301. (10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.011301)

Research Interests

My work lies at the interface between general relativity, quantum field theory and thermodynamics. The main objective of my research is to understand the quantum nature of space-time. To address this question I investigate fundamental puzzles in theoretical physics that range from the description of the primordial state of the universe to the late stages of black hole evaporation. The phenomenon of quantum entanglement plays a central role in these investigations. Furthermore, the ideas and methods involved in my work are also relevant to a wide range of phenomena, from experiments on cold atoms to the rapid thermalization of quark-gluon plasmas. My research strategy is to profit from the cross-fertilization between these diverse areas.

  • Entanglement in quantum gravity
  • Loop quantum gravity and spinfoams
  • Black hole entropy and the information puzzle
  • Quantum cosmology and the very early universe
  • Thermalization in isolated quantum systems