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Eugenio Bianchi

Eugenio Bianchi

Main Content

  • Assistant Professor of Physics
315 Whitmore Lab
Institute for Gravitation & the Cosmos

Email: ebianchi [ AT ] gravity [ DOT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 865-3147


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


Honors and Awards

  • 2018 FQXi Member
  • 2016 Perimeter Institute Visiting Fellow
  • 2013 Bronstein Prize
  • 2012 Banting Fellowship
  • 2009 Marie Curie Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Quantum gravity and black hole spin in gravitational wave observations: a test of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy  (2018)
    Eugenio Bianchi, Anuradha Gupta, Hal M. Haggard, B.S. Sathyaprakash

  2. Volume Law and Quantum Criticality in the Entanglement Entropy of Excited Eigenstates of the Quantum Ising Model  (2018)
    Lev Vidmar, Lucas Hackl, Eugenio Bianchi, Marcos Rigol
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 121 (2018) no.22, 220602

  3. Gluing polyhedra with entanglement in loop quantum gravity  (2018)
    Bekir Baytaş, Eugenio Bianchi, Nelson Yokomizo
    Phys.Rev.D 98 (2018) no.2, 026001

  4. Spin fluctuations and black hole singularities: the onset of quantum gravity is spacelike  (2018)
    Eugenio Bianchi, Hal M. Haggard
    New J.Phys. 20 (2018) no.10, 103028

  5. White Holes as Remnants: A Surprising Scenario for the End of a Black Hole  (2018)
    Eugenio Bianchi, Marios Christodoulou, Fabio D'Ambrosio, Hal M. Haggard, Carlo Rovelli 
    Class.Quant.Grav. 35 (2018) no.22, 225003

  6. Entanglement production in bosonic systems: Linear and logarithmic growth  (2018)
    Lucas Hackl, Eugenio Bianchi, Ranjan Modak, Marcos Rigol
    Phys.Rev.A 97 (2018) no.3, 032321 

  7. Linear growth of the entanglement entropy and the Kolmogorov-Sinai rate  (2018)
    Eugenio Bianchi, Lucas Hackl, Nelson Yokomizo
    JHEP 1803 (2018) 025

  8. Entanglement Entropy of Eigenstates of Quadratic Fermionic Hamiltonians  (2017)
    Lev Vidmar, Lucas Hackl, Eugenio Bianchi, Marcos Rigol
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 119 (2017) no.2, 020601.

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 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