André Xuereb

Associate professor

André read for a BSc in mathematics and physics at the University of Malta and a PhD in physics – mostly theoretical, but with an experimental component – at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). After a short stint as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Leibniz University in Hanover (Germany), he spent some years as a research fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland).

Returning to Malta permanently as a lecturer in 2014, and then associate professor since (awarded in 2018, backdated to 2016), André set up the country's first quantum optics group, which has grown to encompass a variety of researchers and work spanning from theory to (some) experiment.

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  1. József Zsolt Bernád, Claudio Sanavio, and André Xuereb; Optimal estimation of matter-field coupling strength in the dipole approximation; Phys. Rev. A 99, 062106 (2019)arXiv:1811.10088.
  2. Sofia Qvarfort, Alessio Serafini, André Xuereb, Dennis Rätzel, and David Edward Bruschi; Enhanced nonlinearity through optomechanical modulationNew J. Phys. 21, 055044 (2019); arXiv:1812.08874.
  3. Irene D'Amico, Dimitris G. Angelakis, Felix Bussières, Humeyra Caglayan, Christophe Couteau, Thomas Durt, Branko Kolaric, Patrick Maletinsky, Wolfgang Pfeiffer, Peter Rabl, André Xuereb, and Mario Agio; Nanoscale quantum opticsN. Rivista Cimento 42, 153 (2019).
  4. Karl Pelka, Vittorio Peano, and André Xuereb; Chimera states in small disordered optomechanical arraysarXiv:1905.01115.
  5. Sören Wengerowsky, Siddarth Koduru Joshi, Fabian Steinlechner, Julien R. Zichi, Sergiy M. Dobrovolskiy, René van der Molen, Johannes W. N. Los, Val Zwiller, Marijn A. M. Versteegh, Alberto Mura, Davide Calonico, Massimo Inguscio, Hannes Hübel, Anton Zeilinger, André Xuereb, and Rupert Ursin; Entanglement distribution over a 96-km-long submarine optical fiber; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116, 6684 (2019)arXiv:1803.00583.
  6. Muhammad T. Naseem, André Xuereb, and Özgür E. Müstecaplıoğlu; Thermodynamic consistency of the optomechanical master equation; Phys. Rev. A 98, 052123 (2018)arXiv:1806.08175.
  7. Cecilia Clivati, Anna Tampellini, Alberto Mura, Filippo Levi, Giuseppe Marra, Pauline Galea, André Xuereb, and Davide Calonico; Optical frequency transfer over submarine fiber linksOptica 5, 893 (2018).
  8. David Edward Bruschi, and André Xuereb; 'Mechano-optics': An optomechanical quantum simulator; New J. Phys. 20, 065004 (2018); arXiv:1712.02532.
  9. Giuseppe Marra, Cecilia Clivati, Luckett Richard, Anna Tampellini, Jochen Kronjäger, Louise Wright, Alberto Mura, Filippo Levi, Stephen Robinson, André Xuereb, Brian Baptie, Davide Calonico; Ultrastable laser interferometry for earthquake detection with terrestrial and submarine cables; Science 361, 486 (2018)arXiv:1801.02698.
  10. József Zsolt Bernád, Claudio Sanavio, and André Xuereb; Optimal estimation of the optomechanical coupling strength; Phys. Rev. A 97, 063821 (2018); arXiv:1712.09712.
  11. André Xuereb, Matteo Aquilina, and Shabir Barzanjeh; Routing thermal noise through quantum networks; Proc. SPIE 10672, 10672N (2018); arXiv:1806.01000.
  12. Shabir Barzanjeh, Matteo Aquilina, and André Xuereb; Manipulating the flow of thermal noise in quantum devices; Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 060601 (2018)arXiv:1706.09051.
  13. Bhagya Nair, André Xuereb, and Aurélien Dantan; Cavity optomechanics with arrays of thick dielectric membranes; Phys. Rev. A 94, 053812 (2016); arXiv:1608.03704.
  14. Jie Li, André Xuereb, Nicola Malossi, and David Vitali; Cavity Mode Frequencies and Large Optomechanical Coupling in Two-Membrane Cavity Optomechanics; J. Opt. 18, 084001 (2016); arXiv:1512.07536.
  15. Simon Pigeon, and André Xuereb; Thermodynamics of trajectories of open quantum systems, step by step; J. Stat. Mech. 6, 063203 (2016); arXiv:1602.07136.
  16. Celso J. Villas-Boas, Wesley B. Cardoso, Ardiley T. Avelar, André Xuereb, and Norton G. de Almeida; Does "cooling by heating" protect quantum correlations?; Quant. Inf. Process. 15, 2021 (2016).
  17. Simon Pigeon, Lorenzo Fusco, André Xuereb, Gabriele De Chiara, and Mauro Paternostro; Thermodynamics of trajectories and local fluctuation theorems for harmonic quantum networks; New J. Phys. 18, 013009 (2016); arXiv:1510.01905.
  18. James Millen, and André Xuereb; Perspective on quantum thermodynamics; New J. Phys. 18, 011002 (2016); arXiv:1509.01086.
  19. Simon Pigeon, Lorenzo Fusco, André Xuereb, Gabriele De Chiara, and Mauro Paternostro; Thermodynamics of trajectories of a quantum harmonic oscillator coupled to N baths; Phys. Rev. A 92, 013844 (2015); arXiv:1411.2637.
  20. Matteo Brunelli, André Xuereb, Alessandro Ferraro, Gabriele De Chiara, and Mauro Paternostro; Out-of-equilibrium thermodynamics of quantum optomechanical systems; New J. Phys. 17, 035016 (2015); arXiv:1412.4803.
  21. André Xuereb, Alberto Imparato, and Aurélien Dantan; Heat transport in harmonic oscillator systems with thermal baths: application to optomechanical arrays; New J. Phys. 17, 055013 (2015); arXiv:1411.1853.
  22. Simon Pigeon, André Xuereb, Igor Lesanovsky, Juan P. Garrahan, Gabriele De Chiara, and Mauro Paternostro; Dynamical symmetries and crossovers in a three-spin system with collective dissipation; New J. Phys. 17, 015010 (2015); arXiv:1409.0422.
  23. André Xuereb, Hendrik Ulbricht, and Mauro Paternostro; Macroscopicity in an optomechanical matter-wave interferometer; Opt. Comm. 337, 53 (2015); arXiv:1407.5196.
  24. Jing Zhang, Tiancai Zhang, André Xuereb, David Vitali, and Jie Li; More nonlocality with less entanglement in a tripartite atom–optomechanical system; Ann. Phys. 527, 147 (2015); arXiv:1402.3872.
  25. Lorenzo Fusco, Simon Pigeon, Tony J. G. Apollaro, André Xuereb, Laura Mazzola, Michele Campisi, Alessandro Ferraro, Mauro Paternostro, and Gabriele De Chiara; Assessing the Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics in a Quenched Quantum Many-Body System via Single Projective Measurements; Phys. Rev. X 4, 031029 (2014); arXiv:1404.3150.
  26. André Xuereb, Claudiu Genes, Guido Pupillo, Mauro Paternostro, and Aurélien Dantan; Reconfigurable long-range phonon dynamics in optomechanical arrays; Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 133604 (2014); arXiv:1312.5303.
  27. André Xuereb, Hendrik Ulbricht, and Mauro Paternostro; Optomechanical interface for probing matter-wave coherence; Sci. Rep. 3, 3378 (2013); arXiv:1308.3576.
  28. André Xuereb, Claudiu Genes, and Aurélien Dantan; Collectively-enhanced optomechanical coupling in periodic arrays of scatterers; Phys. Rev. A 88, 053803 (2013); arXiv:1304.4574.
  29. Claudiu Genes, André Xuereb, Guido Pupillo, and Aurélien Dantan; Enhanced optomechanical readout using optical coalescence; Phys. Rev. A 88, 033855 (2013); arXiv:1304.1715.
  30. André Xuereb, and Mauro Paternostro; Selectable linear or quadratic coupling in an optomechanical system; Phys. Rev. A 87, 023830 (2013); arXiv:1212.0641.
  31. Tim Freegarde, James Bateman, André Xuereb, and Peter Horak; Mirror-mediated cooling: A paradigm for particle cooling via the retarded dipole force; Annual Review of Cold Atoms and Molecules 1, 353 (2013); arXiv:0904.3059.
  32. André Xuereb, Claudiu Genes, and Aurélien Dantan; Strong coupling and long-range collective interactions in optomechanical arrays; Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 223601 (2012); arXiv:1202.6210.
  33. André Xuereb, and Peter Domokos; Dynamical scattering models in optomechanics: going beyond the ‘coupled cavities’ model; New J. Phys. 14, 095027 (2012); arXiv:1204.5301.
  34. André Xuereb, Koji Usami, Andreas Naesby, Eugene S. Polzik, and Klemens Hammerer; Exciton-mediated photothermal cooling in GaAs membranes; New J. Phys. 14, 085024 (2012); arXiv:1205.6726.
  35. André Xuereb, Marco Barbieri, and Mauro Paternostro; Multipartite optomechanical entanglement from competing nonlinearities; Phys. Rev. A 86, 013809 (2012); arXiv:1204.5870.
  36. André Xuereb, Roman Schnabel, and Klemens Hammerer; Dissipative Optomechanics in a Michelson–Sagnac Interferometer; Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 213604 (2011); arXiv:1107.4908.
  37. Peter Domokos, André Xuereb, Peter Horak, and Tim Freegarde; Efficient optomechanical cooling in one-dimensional interferometers; Proc. SPIE 7951, 79510B (2011) (presented SPIE Photonics West 2011; invited contribution).
  38. André Xuereb, Peter Domokos, Peter Horak, and Tim Freegarde; Cavity cooling of atoms: Within and without a cavity; Eur. Phys. J. D 65, 273 (2011); arXiv:1101.2739.
  39. André Xuereb, Peter Horak, and Tim Freegarde; Amplified optomechanics in a unidirectional ring cavity; J. Mod. Opt. 58, 1342 (2011); arXiv:1101.0130.
  40. André Xuereb, Peter Domokos, Peter Horak, and Tim Freegarde; Scattering theory of multilevel atoms interacting with arbitrary radiation fields; Phys. Scr. T140, 014010 (2010); arXiv:0910.0802.
  41. Peter Horak, André Xuereb, and Tim Freegarde; Optical cooling of atoms in microtraps by time–delayed reflection; J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 7, 1747 (2010); arXiv:0911.4805.
  42. James Bateman, Richard Murray, Matthew Himsworth, Hamid Ohadi, André Xuereb, and Tim Freegarde; Hänsch–Couillaud locking of Mach–Zehnder interferometer for carrier removal from a phase-modulated optical spectrum; J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 1530 (2010); arXiv:0911.1695.
  43. André Xuereb, Tim Freegarde, Peter Horak, and Peter Domokos; Optomechanical cooling with generalized interferometers; Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 013602 (2010); arXiv:1002.0463.
  44. James Bateman, André Xuereb, and Tim Freegarde; Stimulated Raman transitions via multiple atomic levels; Phys. Rev. A 81, 043808 (2010); arXiv:0908.2389.
  45. André Xuereb, Mathias Groth, Karl Krieger, Otto Asunta, Taina Kurki-Suonio, Jari Likonen, David P Coster, ASDEX Upgrade Team; DIVIMP-B2-EIRENE modelling of 13C migration and deposition in ASDEX Upgrade L-mode plasmas; J. Nucl. Mater. 396, 2–3, 228 (2010).
  46. Hamid Ohadi, Matthew Himsworth, André Xuereb, and Tim Freegarde; Magneto-optical trapping and background-free imaging for atoms near nanostructured surfaces; Opt. Express 17, 25, 23003 (2009); arXiv:0910.5003.
  47. André Xuereb, Peter Horak, and Tim Freegarde; Atom cooling using the dipole force of a single retroreflected laser beam; Phys. Rev. A 80, 013836 (2009); arXiv:0903.2945.
  48. André Xuereb, Peter Domokos, János Asbóth, Peter Horak, and Tim Freegarde; Scattering theory of heating and cooling in optomechanical systems; Phys. Rev. A 79, 053810 (2009); arXiv:0903.3132.