Tommaso Macri, originally from Padova, Italy, has made Natal his home since 2015. He is an alumnus of the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy, where he earned his physics degree and a master’s in theoretical physics. He obtained his Ph.D. in statistical physics from the International School of Advanced Studies, also located in Italy. His post-doctoral journey led him to three different institutions, including a two-year stint at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.
Currently, Tommaso is a lecturer at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, where he researches quantum simulators. Outside his professional life, he cherishes spending time with his Brazilian family, going to the beach, and indulging in Northeastern cuisine. A long-time admirer of Michael Jordan, Tommaso is also passionate about instilling a love for basketball in his young son.
Describing a multi-particle system poses a significant challenge, even for the most powerful supercomputers. Quantum simulation, a vibrant research field, spans numerous areas of physics, including atomic, molecular, optical, condensed matter, nuclear, gravitational, high-energy physics, and quantum information science. The goal of quantum simulation is to tackle pertinent yet unresolved physical systems by “synthesizing” them on experimental quantum platforms, thereby enabling direct measurement of these models’ properties. This approach is encapsulated in Feynman’s statement: “Nature isn’t classical, and if you wish to simulate nature, you’d better make use of quantum mechanics. It’s a fascinating problem because it doesn’t seem easy.” Consequently, our research has been focused on developing methods to describe generic quantum simulators using Rydberg atoms, which are characterized by their exaggerated electronic properties.