Mario Leandro Aolita, an Argentine physicist, was born in the city of Zárate. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Buenos Aires. He then pursued his doctorate in quantum physics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where his thesis was recognized as the best by the Brazilian Physics Society in 2008. Aolita furthered his studies with post-doctoral work at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona and the Free University of Berlin.
Like many of his peers in the field of quantum physics, Aolita is engaged in efforts to unify quantum theory with Einstein’s theory of general relativity. A nature enthusiast, Aolita has found meditation to be a valuable tool in achieving the tranquility necessary to tackle such complex problems.
Non-locality and causality in quantum mechanics, along with quantum simulators, are currently some of the most actively researched topics in physics. These can all be categorized under the broader umbrella of complex quantum networks. In practical terms, these networks often comprise unreliable components, which lack full quantum control and are subject to noise. The goal of this project is to establish a unified formalism for unreliable quantum networks, positioning them as a resource for information processing. Within this framework, our efforts will concentrate on three specific areas: i) Advanced forms of quantum non-locality, which surpass the conventional form outlined in Bell’s theorem, ii) Quantum superpositions of causal orders, serving as an operational resource for quantum information, and iii) Certification of unreliable many-body quantum simulators. While the project is primarily theoretical, it holds relevance for experimental applications. It aims to push the boundaries of theoretical physics, leveraging the most cutting-edge quantum technologies.