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Eugenio Bianchi

Eugenio Bianchi

Main Content

  • 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

  • 2016 Perimeter Institute Visiting Fellow
  • 2013 Bronstein Prize
  • 2012 Banting Fellowship
  • 2009 Marie Curie Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Lev Vidmar, Lucas Hackl, Eugenio Bianchi and Marcos Rigol, Entanglement Entropy of Eigenstates of Quadratic Fermionic Hamiltonians, Phys.Rev.Lett. 119 (2017) no.2, 020601 (10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.020601
  2. Eugenio Bianchi, Spinfoam Gravity, Loop Quantum Gravity: The First 30 Years, 2017  
  3. Eugenio Bianchi, Jonathan Guglielmon, Lucas Hackl and Nelson Yokomizo, Loop expansion and the bosonic representation of loop quantum gravity, Phys.Rev. D94 (2016) no.8, 086009 (10.1103/PhysRevD.94.086009
  4. Eugenio Bianchi, Lucas Hackl and Nelson Yokomizo, Entanglement time in the primordial universe, Int.J.Mod.Phys. D24 (2015) no.12, 1544006 (10.1142/S021827181544006X
  5. Eugenio Bianchi, Lucas Hackl and Nelson Yokomizo, Entanglement entropy of squeezed vacua on a lattice, Phys.Rev. D92 (2015) no.8, 085045, (10.1103/PhysRevD.92.085045
  6. Eugenio Bianchi, Tommaso De Lorenzo and Matteo Smerlak, Entanglement entropy production in gravitational collapse, JHEP 1506 (2015) 180 (10.1007/JHEP06(2015)180
  7. Eugenio Bianchi and Matteo Smerlak. Entanglement Entropy and Negative Energy in Two Dimensions, Phys.Rev. D90 (2014) 041904. (10.1103/PhysRevD.90.041904
  8. Eugenio Bianchi 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
  9. Eugenio Bianchi and Robert C. Myers. On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry, Class.Quant.Grav. 31 (2014) 21, 214002. (10.1088/0264-9381/31/21/214002
  10. Eugenio Bianchi, Quantum Geometry of Space in Spinfoam Gravity, Acta Phys.Polon. B44 (2013) 12, 2447-2462. (10.5506/APhysPolB.44.2447
  11. Eugenio Bianchi and Alejandro Satz. Mechanical Laws of the Rindler Horizon, Phys.Rev. D87 (2013) 12, 124031. (10.1103/PhysRevD.87.124031
  12. Eugenio Bianchi 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