Leticia Tarruell


ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
Office: 024
Office phone: +34 935542254
Lab phone: +34 935542263
Fax: +34 935534000
E-mail: leticia.tarruell(at)icfo(dot)es


Research interests

  • Liquid droplets and quantum fluctuations in attractive BEC mixtures
  • Fermi-Hubbard physics with fermions in optical lattices
  • Quantum magnetism
  • Artificial graphene and topologically protected states
  • Non-equilibium phenomena in isolated quantum systems
  • Fermionic superfluidity and BEC-BCS crossover physics
  • p-wave Feshbach resonances

Short CV (full CV)

  • since 2013:   Junior Group Leader (Nest Fellow) at ICFO, Barcelona
  • 2012 – 2013: Junior CNRS Researcher (CR2) in Philippe Bouyer’s group at Institut d’Optique, Bordeaux
  • 2008 – 2012: Postdoc in Tilman Esslinger’s group at ETH Zurich
  • 2004 – 2008: PhD student in Christophe Salomon’s group at ENS Paris
  • 2003 – 2004: Master studies (Quantum physics) at ENS Paris (Master thesis in Christophe Salomon’s group)
  • 2002 – 2003: Erasmus physics student at Université Paris 7 (Research internship in Jean Dalibard’s group)
  • 1999 – 2002: Undergraduate physics studies at Universidad Computense de Madrid
  • 1999 – 2002: Final music studies (violin) at Conservatorio Superior de Música San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • until 1999:     Professional music studies (violin) at Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Ferraz, Madrid

Selected publications


D. Greif, T. Uehlinger, G. Jotzu, L. Tarruell, and T. Esslinger
Short-Range Quantum Magnetism of Ultracold Fermions in an Optical Lattice
Science 340, 1307-1310 (2013)



L. Tarruell, D. Greif, T. Uehlinger, G. Jotzu, and T. Esslinger
Creating, moving and merging Dirac points with a Fermi gas in a tunable honeycomb lattice
Nature 483, 302–305 (2012)



R. Jördens, L. Tarruell, D. Greif, T. Uehlinger, N. Strohmaier, H. Moritz, T. Esslinger, L. De Leo, C. Kollath, A. Georges, V. Scarola, L. Pollet, E. Burovski, E. Kozik, and M. Troyer
Quantitative Determination of Temperature in the Approach to Magnetic Order of Ultracold Fermions in an Optical Lattice
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 180401 (2010)

Doublon decayN. Strohmaier, D. Greif, R. Jördens, L. Tarruell, H. Moritz, T. Esslinger, R. Sensarma, D. Pekker, E. Altman, and E. Demler
Observation of Elastic Doublon Decay in the Fermi-Hubbard Model
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 080401 (2010)



T. Bourdel, L. Khaykovich, J.Cubizolles, J. Zhang, F. Chevy, M. Teichmann, L. Tarruell, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans and C. Salomon
Experimental Study of the BEC-BCS Crossover Region in Lithium 6
Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 05040 (2004)