Dr. Javier Prior
My research interests are pretty much anything with the word ‘quantum’ attached to it, like quantum biology, quantum simulations, quantum complex systems, quantum technology or the study of systems in which the quantum physic plays a relevant role like in organic photovoltaic devices.
In the last years my research is focused for example on the theoretical aspects of the new field “Quantum Effects in Biological Systems”. We have combined techniques from condensed matter theory, quantum optics and physical chemistry to investigate the novel physics of biomolecular processes at the boundary of quantum and classical descriptions. Compelling experimental and theoretical evidence has emerged which suggests that non-classical properties of quantum mechanics may play an important role in the remarkably high efficiency and sensitivity of important biological processes, such as avian navigation, olfaction and photosynthetic light harvesting.
Quantum thermodynamics is getting our attention in the last two years. In the 21st century, the burgeoning quantum technological revolution promises unprecedented advances in our computation and communication capabilities, enabled by harnessing quantum coherence. As our machines are scaled down into the quantum regime, it is of prime importance to understand how quantum mechanics affects the operation of these devices.
Our group has a deep experience in Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG) method and its generalization to time-dependent phenomena via the time-evolving block decimation (TEBD) algorithm applicable to one-dimensional systems. We are working in the extension of these methods to two-dimensional quantum lattice systems and its applications to different problems in the field of quantum many body systems.