Gonzalo A. Alvarez, a Dr. in Physics, joined in 2016 the Centro Atómico Bariloche (CAB) – CNEA to lead the laboratory of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging as an Adjoint Researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). Exploiting hitherto unexplored foundations of quantum control, he contributes to the development of novel quantum technologies and applications in physics, chemistry, biology and medicine within the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and imaging (MRI). He did a PhD in Physics at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and has 7 years of research experience abroad as a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation at the University of Dortmund (Germany) and as a senior “Marie Curie” fellow of the European Commission at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel).
His research activity is directed towards exploiting hitherto unexplored foundations of quantum control methods for tailoring spin evolutions in order to develop novel technologies and applications in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and imaging (MRI). The main topic of his publications is about the spin dynamics of open quantum systems interacting with environments focusing on the characterization of the system dynamics and how it is modified by the environment (decoherence and dissipation). At the practical level, using both NMR experiments and theoretical tools, his exploiting that by monitoring the changes on the system due to the environmental effects, one can sense the environment for characterizing physical, chemical, biological and medical processes to lead to new applications and technologies in magnetic resonance. At the fundamental level, the understanding and control of quantum interference phenomena, and in particular the propagation of spin excitations can improve the comprehension and control of quantum systems, their decoherence and irreversible processes.
e-mail: gonzalo dot alvarez at cab dot cnea dot gov dot ar