Javier Rodríguez-Laguna's Page
Bio & CV

Associate Professor (Titular de Universidad) at the Departamento de Física Fundamental, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid.

I grew up in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), and studied Physics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Germán Sierra and Miguel Ángel Martín-Delgado supervised my Ph.D. thesis in theoretical physics on the renormalization group, while I worked as a secondary school teacher. Afterwards, I have worked at SISSA (Trieste), UC3M (Madrid), ICFO (Barcelona) and several CSIC institutes (Madrid).

Contact me: jrlaguna AT fisfun.uned.es - ORCID - Google Scholar - Publons - GitHub - CV

Main collaborations

Ph.D. supervisor of Nadir Samos (with Germán Sierra), Begoña Mula (with Silvia Santalla), Carlos Lajusticia and Diego Ortega (with Elka Korutcheva) and José Vinaixa.

Co-PI of COSY-QUEST (UNED) along with Eva M. Fernández (co-PI), José Enrique Alvarellos, Julio Fernández and Elka Korutcheva.

Visiting researcher at Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT-UAM/CSIC), in the group of Germán Sierra.

Collaborator of SYMMERGY (UC3M-UNED), along with Rodolfo Cuerno, Silvia Santalla, Pedro Córdoba and Elka Korutcheva.

Research Lines
I work on quantum and classical complex systems, specially the universal properties which emerge from strongly correlated fluctuations. My field lies at the intersection between Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Technologies.
  • The entanglement structure of quantum complex systems can bring many surprises, specially when they give rise to long-range correlations, such as the rainbow model.
  • We have developed the concept of entanglement links in order to read the emergent geometry from entanglement.
  • Quantum matter on curved space-times can be very challenging. We have considered phase transitions and the Casimir effect on deformed metrics.
  • We are interested in the geodesic structure on random manifolds and its relation to the known universality classes, such as Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) or percolation.
  • Also, we apply what we know about emergence in physics to biology and social science, such as in the characterization of bacterial clusters, income inequality or urban segregation.
  • Currently, we consider atomic clusters as complex systems, applying machine learning techniques to describe their structures. We are specially interested in their applications for hydrogen storage.

Imparto clases en la UNED, en los grados de Física, Matemáticas y Ciencias Ambientales, así como en el Máster en Física Avanzada y el de Formación del Profesorado.

Asignaturas de Grado: Fundamentos de Física II, Vibraciones y Ondas, Técnicas Experimentales II, Mecánica Cuántica y Sistemas Dinámicos.

Asignaturas de Máster: Crecimiento Fuera del Equilibrio, Información y Computación Cuántica, Innovación Docente.

Supervisión de Trabajos de Fin de Grado y de Máster.


Artículo ¿Cuánto pesa mi sombra? con Celia González, para The Conversation.

Vídeos divulgativos en el Canal IFT: Entropía, y Entropía y Vida.

Charlas en el Ateneo de Madrid sobre física. Del gato (de) Schrödinger a los computadores cuánticos (Nov. 2020), De Planilandia a los aguejeros negros (Abr. 2021).


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Last Update: Jan 2022.