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Fotini Markopoulou

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Fotini received her Ph.D. from Imperial College (1998). Previous postdoctoral positions were held at the Albert Einstein Institute, Imperial College London, and Penn State University.


University of Waterloo (adjunct)

Positions Held

  • 7-10/2010, Santa Fe Institute, Visiting Professor
  • 1-8/2008, Keck Center for Quantum Computing, MIT, Visiting professor
  • 2001-2002, Physics Department, University of Waterloo, Assistant professor (resigned)
  • 2000-2001, Albert Einstein Institute, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • 1999-2000, Imperial College London, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • 1997-1999, Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Penn State University, Postdoctoral Researcher


  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2010-2012
  • Third prize, Essay on the Nature of Time, Foundational Questions Institute
  • First prize in the Science and Ultimate Reality Young Researchers Competition in honor of J.A. Wheeler, Princeton

Recent Publications

  • A. Hamma and F.Markopoulou, Background independent condensed matter models for quantum gravity, New J. Phys. 13 (2011) 095006, arXiv: 1011.5754.
  • F. Caravelli and F. Markopoulou, Properties of Quantum Graphity at Low Tempera- ture, Phys.Rev.D84:024002,2011, arXiv: 1008.1340.
  • I. Premont-Schwarz, A. Hamma, I. Klich and F. Markopoulou, Lieb-Robinson bounds for commutator-bounded operators, Physical Review A Vol. 81, No. 6 (2010), arXiv: 0912.4544
  • A. Hamma, F. Markopoulou, S.Lloyd, F. Caravelli, S. Severini, K.Markstrom, A quantum Bose-Hubbard model with evolving graph as toy model for emergent spacetime, Phys.Rev.D 81, 104032 (2010), arXiv: 0911.5057
  • Fotini Markopoulou, Simone Severini, A note on observables for counting trails and paths in graphs, JMMA, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2009, arXiv: 0906.0043
  • A. Hamma, F. Markopoulou, S.Lloyd, F. Caravelli, S. Severini, K.Markstrom, A quan- tum Bose-Hubbard model with evolving graph as toy model for emergent spacetime, Phys.Rev.D 81, 104032 (2010) (arXiv: 0911.5057).
  • Alioscia Hamma, Fotini Markopoulou, Isabeau Premont-Schwarz, Simone Severini, Lieb-Robinson bounds and the speed of light from topological order, Phys.Rev.Lett.102:017204,2009, arXiv: 0808.2495
  • Fotini Markopoulou, Isabeau Premont-Schwarz, Conserved Topological Defects in Non-Embedded Graphs in Quantum Gravity, Class.Quant.Grav.25:205015,2008, arXiv: 0805.3175
  • Tomasz Konopka, Fotini Markopoulou, Simone Severini, Quantum Graphity: a model of emergent locality, Phys.Rev.D77:104029,2008, arXiv: 0801.0861
  • Fotini Markopoulou, Conserved Quantities in Background Independent Theories, J.Phys.Conf.Ser.67:012019,2007, arXiv: gr-qc/0703027
  • Fotini Markopoulou, Lee Smolin, Disordered locality in loop quantum gravity states, Class.Quant.Grav.24:3813-3824,2007, arXiv: gr-qc/0702044
  • Sundance O. Bilson-Thompson, Fotini Markopoulou, Lee Smolin, Quantum gravity and the standard model, Class.Quant.Grav.24:3975-3994,2007., arxiv:hep-th/603022
  • Eli Hawkins, Fotini Markopoulou, Hanno Sahlmann, Evolution in Quantum Causal Histories, Class.Quant.Grav. 20 (2003) 3839, arxiv:hep-th/302111
  • Trapped surfaces and emergent curved space in the Bose-Hubbard model, Francesco Caravelli, Alioscia Hamma, Fotini Markopoulou, Arnau Riera, arXiv: 1108.2013
  • New directions in Background Independent Quantum Gravity, arXiv: gr-qc/0703097, Chapter contribution to Approaches to Quantum Gravity, edited by D.Oriti (C.U.P., Cambridge, 2007)
  • Planck-scale models of the Universe, gr-qc/0210086, Chapter contribution to Science and Ultimate Reality: quantum theory, cosmology and complexity, edited by JD Barrow, PCW Davies and CL Harper, CUP 2004.


  • Gravity as Thermodynamics, SISSA Trieste (9/2011)
  • FQXi Conference, Setting Time Aright, Copenhagen (8/2011)
  • Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality, Traunkirchen Academy os Sciences, Austria (7/2011)
  • El Escorial Summer School: Quantum Information meets Statistical Physics (7/2011)
  • U. Innsbruck, Quantum Information (7/2011)
  • Queen Mary College (3/2011)
  • Quantum spacetime, from discreteness to continuum, Orsay Paris (3/2011)
  • Mathematical, physical and conceptual aspects of Quantum Gravity, Paris (3/2011)
  • University of Potsdam, Quantum Information and Quantum Optics (3/2011)
  • University of Oxford, Computer Science (3/2011)
  • Theoretical Physics Institute, Marseille (3/2011)
  • DAMTP, Cambridge (3/2011)
  • Imperial College (3/2011)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich (2/2011)
  • Albert Einstein Insitute, Golm (1/2011)
  • U. Maryland (10/2010)
  • Penn State University, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (10/2010)
  • Caltech, Quantum Information (10/2010)
  • Santa Fe Institute (10/2010)
  • U. New Mexico, Quantum Information (9/2010)
  • U. Utrecht, Theoretical Physics (6/2010)
  • Quantum Gravity seminar
  • PIRSA:09100014, Lecture Series presented by KPMG - Creating Spacetime, 2009-10-25, Quantum to Cosmos Festival - Tickets Available starting TUE. Sep 8, 2009