FF’s Short Profile
Francesca Ferlaino is born on 23th December 1977 in Napoli, Italy. She studied physics at the University of Federico II in Naples, where she received her diploma in 2000 for a theoretical work on Bose-Einstein condensates, jointly conducted in Naples and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste. She then directed her research interest towards experimental physics. After few months of wandering around the world, she started her PhD at the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence, receiving her PhD degree in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. M. Inguscio. At LENS, Francesca was involved in the first realization of quantum gases mixture of different atomic species.
In 2007, Ferlaino moved to Austria first as a visiting scientist, then as postdoctoral Lise-Meitner fellow, and finally she received a full professorship in 2014. At the beginning her stay in Innsbruck was just planned for 3 months. The 3 months became 6. The 6 months 1 year. 1 year easily doubled to 2 years, and the 2 years doubled again, and again :).
As post-doc, she joined the ultracold group, led by Prof. R. Grimm, where she conducted studies on ultracold few-body and Efimov physics. In 2009, thanks to a START-Prize (FWF) and an ERC Starting Grant, Francesca could establish her independent research group. She funded the Dipolar Quantum Gas Group and started the so-called “ERBIUM” experiment, realizing the first Bose-Einstein condensate of Er in 2012.
Since 2014, Francesca is Full Professor at the University of Innsbruck and Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW). During the last years, she was awardee of numerous prestigious prizes and distinctions, including the Feltrinelli prize, the Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship, the Science Prize of the City of Innsbruck, the Ignaz L. Lieben Prize, and the Fritz-Kohlrausch Prize for experimental physics. In addition, she received the START Prize, one ERC-Starting and one ERC-Consolidator grant.
Aside from physics, Francesca spend a lot of time with her family, traveling around, and behind the objective of her photo camera.
FF’s CV at Glance
|7/2014-present||Professor of Physics (Tenure), Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck and Research Director, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austria Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Innsbruck, Austria|
|2013-present||Head of the Innsbruck Physics-Research Center (http://www.uibk.ac.at/sp-physik/)|
|2014||Declined Alexander von Humboldt Professorship and Full Professor (W3) offer from Ulm University, Germany|
|3-7/2014||Guest Lecturer, University of Wien, Austria|
|2012 – 2014||Professor of Atomic Physics (Tenure Track), Univ. of Innsbruck, Austria|
|2013||Italian National Habilitation to full and associate professor|
|01/2012||Associate Professor (Permanent), University of Innsbruck, Austria|
|2009 – 2012||Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Innsbruck|
|2007 – 2009||Lise-Meitner Postdoctoral fellow (senior post-doctoral fellowship), Austrian Science Fund (FWF).|
|2006 – 2007||Visiting Scientist at Institute for Experimental Physics, Univ. of Innsbruck, Austria|
|2004 – 2006||Senior Scientist and post-doctoral fellowship, European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS); Florence, Italy|
A full CV can be found here: CV_FF
FF’s Rare Publications
|||Dipolar Quantum Mixtures of Erbium and Dysprosium Atoms,|
Phys. Rev. Lett., 121, 213601, 2018.
|||A two-species five-beam magneto-optical trap for highly magnetic Er and Dy atoms,|
Phys. Rev. A, 97, 023633, 2018.
FF’s Erbium Publications
FF’s Other Publications