I was born in Pamplona, a small city in the north of Spain. I discovered physics in high school, and I have been pretty much hooked since then. Despite the advice of my parents, who wanted me to become something more “useful”, like a doctor or an engineer, I moved to Madrid in 2004 to major in physics at the Universidad Complutense. After my bachelor studies, I also finished a master in theoretical physics. It was then that I became interested in quantum optics. In September 2010, I started my PhD in the Spanish Research Council under the direction of Prof. Javier Garcia de Abajo, an expert in nanophotonics. My PhD work was focused on the theoretical study of the interaction of light and electron beams with metallic nanoparticles. I finished my PhD in September 2014, and decided to apply my knowledge of optics into another field of research.
I then started a brief postdoc in the group of Prof. Darrick Chang at ICFO, who works at the interface between quantum optics and photonics. These few months helped me to improve my understanding of atomic physics and quantum non-linear optics, and were the perfect launching platform for my ensuing move to Caltech in the summer of 2015, as an IQIM fellow (and later, as a Marie Curie fellow). At Caltech, I work with the group of Prof. Jeff Kimble, who is interested in coupling atoms to the guided modes of photonic crystals. While I am a theoretician, I deeply enjoy the opportunity to work in such close proximity with experimentalists.
I can provide a detailed pdf version of my cv upon request.
Current position: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech
August 2015 to April 2016: IQIM Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Caltech
Mentor: Prof. H. Jeff Kimble
November 2014 to July 2015: Postdoctoral Scholar
ICFO, Theoretical Quantum-Nano Photonics Group
Mentor: Prof. Darrick E. Chang
November 2010 to October 2014: Ph. D. Student
ICFO, Theoretical Nanophotonics Group, and Spanish Research Council
Mentor: Prof. F. Javier Garcia de Abajo
2010-2014 Ph. D. in Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2009-2010 MSc in Fundamental Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2004-2009 Extended BSc in Physics (5 years), Universidad Complutense de Madrid