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

Academic Positions

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

2018
[2]Dipolar Quantum Mixtures of Erbium and Dysprosium Atoms,
A. Trautmann, P. Ilzhöfer, G. Durastante, C. Politi, M. Sohmen, M. J. Mark, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 121, 213601, 2018. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[1]A two-species five-beam magneto-optical trap for highly magnetic Er and Dy atoms,
P. Ilzhöfer, G. Durastante, A. Patscheider, A. Trautmann, M. J. Mark, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. A, 97, 023633, 2018. [more] [pdf] [doi]

FF’s Erbium Publications

2018
[16]Probing the roton excitation spectrum of a stable dipolar Bose gas,
D. Petter, G. Natale, R. M. W. van Bijnen, A. Patscheider, M. J. Mark, L. Chomaz, F. Ferlaino,
arXiv:1811.12115, 2018. [more] [pdf] [arXiv]
[15]Realization of a Strongly Interacting Fermi Gas of Dipolar Atoms,
S. Baier, D. Petter, J. H. Becher, A. Patscheider, G. Natale, L. Chomaz, M. J. Mark, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 121, 093602, 2018. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[14]Ground state of an ultracold Fermi gas of tilted dipoles in elongated traps,
V. Veljić, A. R. P. Lima, L. Chomaz, S. Baier, M. J. Mark, F. Ferlaino, A. Pelster, A. Balaž,
New Journal of Physics, 20, 093016, 2018. [more] [pdf]
[13]Observation of roton mode population in a dipolar quantum gas,
L. Chomaz, R. M. W. van Bijnen, D. Petter, G. Faraoni, S. Baier, J. H. Becher, M. J. Mark, F. Waechtler, L. Santos, F. Ferlaino,
Nature Physics, 14, 442-446, 2018. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[12]Anisotropic polarizability of erbium atoms,
J. H. Becher, S. Baier, K. Aikawa, M. Lepers, J.-F. Wyart, O. Dulieu, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. A, 97, 012509, 2018. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2016
[11]Quantum-fluctuation-driven crossover from a dilute Bose-Einstein condensate to a macro-droplet in a dipolar quantum fluid,
L. Chomaz, S. Baier, D. Petter, M. J. Mark, F. Wächtler, L. Santos, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. X, 6, 041039, 2016. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[10]Extended Bose-Hubbard models with ultracold magnetic atoms,
S. Baier, M. J. Mark, D. Petter, K. Aikawa, L. Chomaz, Z. Cai, M. Baranov, P. Zoller, F. Ferlaino,
Science, 352, 201-205, 2016. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2015
[9]Ultracold Dipolar Molecules Composed of Strongly Magnetic Atoms,
A. Frisch, M. Mark, K. Aikawa, S. Baier, R. Grimm, A. Petrov, S. Kotochigova, G. Quéméner, M. Lepers, O. Dulieu, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 115, 203201, 2015. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[8]Emergence of Chaotic Scattering in Ultracold Er and Dy,
T. Maier, H. Kadau, M. Schmitt, M. Wenzel, I. Ferrier-Barbut, T. Pfau, A. Frisch, S. Baier, K. Aikawa, L. Chomaz, M. J. Mark, F. Ferlaino, C. Makrides, E. Tiesinga, A. Petrov, S. Kotochigova,
Phys. Rev. X, 5, 041029, 2015. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2014
[7]Anisotropic Relaxation Dynamics in a Dipolar Fermi Gas Driven Out of Equilibrium,
K. Aikawa, A. Frisch, M. Mark, S. Baier, R. Grimm, J. L. Bohn, D. S. Jin, G. M. Bruun, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 113, 263201, 2014. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[6]Observation of Fermi surface deformation in a dipolar quantum gas,
K. Aikawa, S. Baier, A. Frisch, M. Mark, C. Ravensbergen, F. Ferlaino,
Science, 345, 1484-1487, 2014. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[5]Quantum chaos in ultracold collisions of gas-phase erbium atoms,
A. Frisch, M. Mark, K. Aikawa, F. Ferlaino, J. L. Bohn, C. Makrides, A. Petrov, S. Kotochigova,
Nature, 507, 475-479, 2014. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[4]Reaching Fermi Degeneracy via Universal Dipolar Scattering,
K. Aikawa, A. Frisch, M. Mark, S. Baier, R. Grimm, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 112, 010404, 2014. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2013
[3]Hyperfine structure of laser-cooling transitions in fermionic erbium-167,
A. Frisch, K. Aikawa, M. Mark, F. Ferlaino, E. Berseneva, S. Kotochigova,
Phys. Rev. A, 88, 032508, 2013. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2012
[2]Narrow-line magneto-optical trap for erbium,
A. Frisch, K. Aikawa, M. Mark, A. Rietzler, J. Schindler, E. Zupanič, R. Grimm, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. A, 85, 051401, 2012. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[1]Bose-Einstein Condensation of Erbium,
K. Aikawa, A. Frisch, M. Mark, S. Baier, A. Rietzler, R. Grimm, F. Ferlaino,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 210401, 2012. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]

FF’s Other Publications

2014
[36]Ultracold Dense Samples of Dipolar RbCs Molecules in the Rovibrational and Hyperfine Ground State,
T. Takekoshi, L. Reichsöllner, A. Schindewolf, J. M. Hutson, C. R. Le Sueur, O. Dulieu, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, H.-C. Nägerl,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 113, 205301, 2014. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[35]Resonant atom-dimer collisions in cesium: Testing universality at positive scattering lengths,
A. Zenesini, B. Huang, M. Berninger, H.-C. Nägerl, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm,
Phys. Rev. A, 90, 022704, 2014. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2013
[34]Resonant five-body recombination in an ultracold gas of bosonic atoms,
A. Zenesini, B. Huang, M. Berninger, S. Besler, H.-C. Nägerl, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, C. H. Greene, J. von Stecher,
New Journal of Physics, 15, 043040, 2013. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[33]Feshbach resonances, weakly bound molecular states, and coupled-channel potentials for cesium at high magnetic fields,
M. Berninger, A. Zenesini, B. Huang, W. Harm, H.-C. Nägerl, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, P. S. Julienne, J. M. Hutson,
Phys. Rev. A, 87, 032517, 2013. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2012
[32]Towards the production of ultracold ground-state RbCs molecules: Feshbach resonances, weakly bound states, and the coupled-channel model,
T. Takekoshi, M. Debatin, R. Rameshan, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, H.-C. Nägerl, C. R. Le Sueur, J. M. Hutson, P. S. Julienne, S. Kotochigova, E. Tiemann,
Phys. Rev. A, 85, 032506, 2012. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2011
[31]Production of a dual-species Bose-Einstein condensate of Rb and Cs atoms,
A.D. Lercher, T. Takekoshi, M. Debatin, B. Schuster, R. Rameshan, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, H.-C. Nägerl,
The European Physical Journal D, 65, 3-9, 2011. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[30]Efimov Resonances in Ultracold Quantum Gases,
F. Ferlaino, A. Zenesini, M. Berninger, B. Huang, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Few-Body Systems, 51, 113-133, 2011. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[29]Universality of the Three-Body Parameter for Efimov States in Ultracold Cesium,
M. Berninger, A. Zenesini, B. Huang, W. Harm, H.-C. Nägerl, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, P. S. Julienne, J. M. Hutson,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 120401, 2011. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[28]Molecular spectroscopy for ground-state transfer of ultracold RbCs molecules,
M. Debatin, T. Takekoshi, R. Rameshan, L. Reichsöllner, F. Ferlaino, R. Grimm, R. Vexiau, N. Bouloufa, O. Dulieu, H.-C. Nägerl,
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 18926-18935, 2011. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2010
[27]Magnetically Controlled Exchange Process in an Ultracold Atom-Dimer Mixture,
S. Knoop, F. Ferlaino, M. Berninger, M. Mark, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm, J. P. D'Incao, B. D. Esry,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 104, 053201, 2010. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[26]Collisions of ultracold trapped cesium Feshbach molecules,
F. Ferlaino, S. Knoop, M. Berninger, M. Mark, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Laser Physics, 20, 23-31, 2010. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2009
[25]Evidence for Universal Four-Body States Tied to an Efimov Trimer,
F. Ferlaino, S. Knoop, M. Berninger, W. Harm, J. P. D'Incao, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 102, 140401, 2009. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[24]Observation of interspecies Feshbach resonances in an ultracold Rb-Cs mixture,
K. Pilch, A. D. Lange, A. Prantner, G. Kerner, F. Ferlaino, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Phys. Rev. A, 79, 042718, 2009. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[23]Observation of an Efimov-like trimer resonance in ultracold atom–dimer scattering,
S. Knoop, F. Ferlaino, M. Mark, M. Berninger, H. Schöbel, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Nature Physics, 5, 227-230, 2009. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[22]Determination of atomic scattering lengths from measurements of molecular binding energies near Feshbach resonances,
A. D. Lange, K. Pilch, A. Prantner, F. Ferlaino, B. Engeser, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm, C. Chin,
Phys. Rev. A, 79, 013622, 2009. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[21]Observation of an Efimov resonance in an ultracold mixture of atoms and weakly bound dimers,
S. Knoop, F. Ferlaino, M. Berninger, M. Mark, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 194, 012064, 2009. [more] [pdf] [arXiv]
2008
[20]Ultracold Feshbach Molecules,
F. Ferlaino, S. Knoop, R. Grimm,
2008. [more] [arXiv]
[19]Collisions between Tunable Halo Dimers: Exploring an Elementary Four-Body Process with Identical Bosons,
F. Ferlaino, S. Knoop, M. Mark, M. Berninger, H. Schöbel, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 023201, 2008. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[18]Metastable Feshbach Molecules in High Rotational States,
S. Knoop, M. Mark, F. Ferlaino, J. G. Danzl, T. Kraemer, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 100, 083002, 2008. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2007
[17]Spectroscopy of ultracold trapped cesium Feshbach molecules,
M. Mark, F. Ferlaino, S. Knoop, J. G. Danzl, T. Kraemer, C. Chin, H.-C. Nägerl, R. Grimm,
Phys. Rev. A, 76, 042514, 2007. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2006
[16]Control of the interaction in a Fermi-Bose mixture,
M. Zaccanti, C. D'Errico, F. Ferlaino, G. Roati, M. Inguscio, G. Modugno,
Phys. Rev. A, 74, 041605, 2006. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[15]Feshbach spectroscopy of a K-Rb atomic mixture,
F. Ferlaino, C. D'Errico, G. Roati, M. Zaccanti, M. Inguscio, G. Modugno, A. Simoni,
Phys. Rev. A, 73, 040702, 2006. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2004
[14]Atom interferometry in a vertical optical lattice,
G. Modugno, E. de Mirandes, F. Ferlaino, H. Ott, G. Roati, M. Inguscio,
Fortschritte der Physik, 52, 1173-1179, 2004. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[13]Insulating Behavior of a Trapped Ideal Fermi Gas,
L. Pezzè, L. Pitaevskii, A. Smerzi, S. Stringari, G. Modugno, E. de Mirandes, F. Ferlaino, H. Ott, G. Roati, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 93, 120401, 2004. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[12]Radio Frequency Selective Addressing of Localized Atoms in a Periodic Potential,
H. Ott, E. de Mirandes, F. Ferlaino, G. Roati, V. Türck, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 93, 120407, 2004. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[11]Atom Interferometry with Trapped Fermi Gases,
G. Roati, E. de Mirandes, F. Ferlaino, H. Ott, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, 230402, 2004. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[10]Expansion of a Fermi Gas Interacting with a Bose-Einstein Condensate,
F. Ferlaino, E. de Mirandes, G. Roati, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, 140405, 2004. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[9]Collisionally Induced Transport in Periodic Potentials,
H. Ott, E. de Mirandes, F. Ferlaino, G. Roati, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, 160601, 2004. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2003
[8]Mean-field analysis of the stability of a K-Rb Fermi-Bose mixture,
M. Modugno, F. Ferlaino, F. Riboli, G. Roati, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. A, 68, 043626, 2003. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[7]Production of a Fermi gas of atoms in an optical lattice,
G. Modugno, F. Ferlaino, R. Heidemann, G. Roati, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. A, 68, 011601, 2003. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[6]Superfluid current disruption in a chain of weakly coupled Bose–Einstein condensates,
F. S. Cataliotti, L. Fallani, F. Ferlaino, C. Fort, P. Maddaloni, M. Inguscio,
New Journal of Physics, 5, 71, 2003. [more] [pdf] [arXiv]
[5]Collective Excitations of a Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensate in the Presence of a 1D Optical Lattice,
C. Fort, F. S. Cataliotti, L. Fallani, F. Ferlaino, P. Maddaloni, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 90, 140405, 2003. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[4]Magnetic Control of the Interaction in Ultracold K-Rb Mixtures,
A. Simoni, F. Ferlaino, G. Roati, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. Lett., 90, 163202, 2003. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
[3]Dipolar oscillations in a quantum degenerate Fermi–Bose atomic mixture,
F. Ferlaino, R. J. Brecha, P. Hannaford, F. Riboli, G. Roati, G. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Journal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics, 5, S3, 2003. [more] [pdf] [arXiv]
2002
[2]Dynamics of a Bose-Einstein condensate at finite temperature in an atom-optical coherence filter,
F. Ferlaino, P. Maddaloni, S. Burger, F. S. Cataliotti, C. Fort, M. Modugno, M. Inguscio,
Phys. Rev. A, 66, 011604, 2002. [more] [pdf] [doi] [arXiv]
2001
[1]Bose-Einstein Condensates in a 1D Optical Lattice,
S. Burger, F.S. Cataliotti, F. Ferlaino, F. Fort, P. Maddaloni, F. Minardi, M. Inguscio,
2001. [more] [arXiv]

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