Group Leader

Andrew Daley
Andrew grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, where he completed his Masters degree in Physics in 2002. He received his PhD from the University of Innsbruck in 2005, working in the group of Peter Zoller, on simulation and manipulation of cold atoms in optical lattices. He held an assistant position at the University of Innsbruck and then a senior scientist position at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences until December 2010. In January 2011 he began a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh, and in October 2013 he was appointed as a full professor at the University of Strathclyde. In his spare time he enjoys Music (including playing the trumpet and piano), theatre, travelling, and watching and participating in a variety of sports.

Office: JA 7.06 / phone: +44 141 548 4205 / e-mail: andrew.daley [at]

Postdoctoral Researchers

Suzanne McEndoo
Room JA 7.04 / e-mail: suzanne.mcendoo [at]
Suzanne is originally from Dublin, Ireland, where she did her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics. She then went on to do her PhD on Geometric Qubits in Ultracold Atoms with Thomas Busch in Cork, Ireland, finishing in 2010. From there, she went to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to work in the Open Quantum Systems and Entanglement Group before joining the Quantum Optics and Quantum Many Body Systems group in 2014. Her research is mainly on non-Markovianity and open quantum systems in cold atoms. When not at her desk, she enjoys trying to explain her research through the medium of jokes, and knitting socks.
Alexandre Tacla
Room JA 7.04 / e-mail: alexandre.tacla [at]
Alexandre is carioca, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He obtained his Masters in Physics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, working in quantum optics under the supervision of Prof. Luiz Davidovich. He then joined the quantum information group at the University of New Mexico, where he completed his PhD in Physics in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Carlton M. Caves. His research has been focused on the study of ultracold quantum gases using novel ideas and methods from quantum optics and quantum information theory, with applications to many-body and condensed matter physics, as well as to quantum metrology and quantum information technologies. He enjoys spending his free time with friends, traveling, and improving his skills as a barista and a paraglider.

Graduate Students

Anton Buyskikh
Room JA 7.30 / e-mail: anton.buyskikh [at]
Anton was born and raised in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region, Russia. Then he moved to St. Petersburg where he studied and graduated from the Polytechnical University and presented a master's thesis "Generation of THz radiation in semiconductor nanowires under femtosecond optical excitations". In his free time he likes active sports and reading.
Rosaria Lena
Room JA 7.27 / e-mail: rosaria.lena [at]
Rosaria was born and raised in Palermo, in the south of Italy. She graduated in 2015 at the University of Palermo but she spent four months at the Queen's University Belfast to work on her thesis on "Out-of-equilibrium Quantum Thermodynamics of Bose-Einstein Condensates in a Double-Well Potential", under the supervision of Gabriele De Chiara (Queen’s University Belfast) and Massimo Palma (University of Palermo). In her spare time she enjoys music, going to concerts, reading books and travelling.
Saubhik Sarkar
Room JA 7.30 / e-mail: saubhik.sarkar [at]
Saubhik is from a small town in the eastern part of India. He did his undergrad in Physics at St. Stephen's College, New Delhi and then got his Master's degree (Physics) from IIT Kanpur in 2010. He now works with Andrew Daley at the University of Pittsburgh. In his free and not-so-free times he is involved in world film, music, sports and daydreaming about travelling the world.
Araceli Venegas Gómez
e-mail: araceli.venegas-gomez [at]
Araceli grew up in Extremadura region, Spain. Then she moved to Madrid where she graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnical University. After studying and working abroad, she spent 6 years in Germany working for Airbus, while completing a Postgraduate Master in Medical Physics during her free time. She decided to follow her passion for science and come back to Physics. Besides taking care of her science website, she enjoys traveling and going to Heavy Metal concerts.
Guanglei Xu
Room JA 7.30 / e-mail: guanglei.xu [at]
Guanglei grew up in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, not far from Beijing. He graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai, and moved to Chicago for his master's degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 2010. Now he is working with Andrew Daley in Pittsburgh and Rolando Somma at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In his free time, music is always around him.
Jorge Yago
Room JA 7.27 / e-mail: jorge.yago [at]
Jorge was born and raised in Zaragoza, a city in the North-East part of Spain. It was in his hometown were he studied for his degree in Physics. Under the supervision of Dr. David Zueco, he completed his thesis "Thermalisation of quantum systems partially thermalised", before joining the QOQMS group. In his free time, he likes to read and also to write. He also loves traveling and discovering new places and cultures.

Former Group members

Johannes Schachenmayer
PhD 2012, Postdoc 2013, now a Postdoctoral Fellow at JILA, Boulder, Colorado
Johannes grew up in Zwiesel, a small town in Bavaria, Germany. He studied Physics at the Technical University in Munich and graduated as "Diplom-Physiker" in 2008. In his diploma-thesis he worked on "Dynamics and Long-Range Interactions in 1D Quantum Sytems" together with Andrew Daley and Peter Zoller at the University of Innsbruck. He is currrently working on his PhD thesis with Andrew Daley as a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. When he has no free time he misses paragliding, travelling or playing the piano.
  • Diploma Thesis: Dynamics and Long-Range Interactions in 1D Quantum Systems, TU Munich (2008). (Download PDF File, 6.7 MB)
  • Stephan Langer
    Stephan grew up in Lüdenscheid and studied physics at RWTH Aachen University from which he graduated as Diplom-Physiker in 2009. He then continued his work with Fabian Heidrich-Meisner in the group of Ulrich Schollwöck at LMU Munich from which he got his PhD in 2012. The focus of his research up to now was on transport and real-time dynamics in one-dimensional quantum magnets and ultra-cold atomic gases. In cases of spare time he is looking forward to playing his bass guitar, exploring Pittsburgh by bike and to his first penguins game.
  • PhD thesis: Transport and real-time dynamics in one-dimensional quantum magnets and ultra-cold atomic gases, LMU Munich (2012). (Download PDF File, 6.2 MB)