Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Name
Elsa Prada
Birth
Madrid, Spain, 20th June 1976
Phone
(+34) 91 334 9080
Address
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
C/ Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 3, Cantoblanco
E-28049 Madrid, Spain
Group
Department: Theory and Simulation of Materials
Group: Theory of Quantum Materials and Solid State Quantum Technologies

Academic titles

  • Graduate in Physics by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Major in Theoretical Physics. Dates: 1994-1999.

  • Doctor in Physics by the UAM. Date: 21st of April 2006. Title: "Generation, evolution and detection of entanglement in nanostructures".

Contracts and fellowships

  • Tenured scientist at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain. Group: Theory of Quantum Materials and Solid State Quantum Technologies. Dates: From July 2020.

  • Ramón y Cajal fellow: tenure-track position at the Autónoma University of Madrid (UAM), Madrid, Spain. Department: Condensed Matter Physics. Dates: from November 2012 till June 2020.

  • Postdoctoral contract JAE-doctor at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC. Advisor: Luis Brey Abalo. Dates: from November 2009 till October 2012.

  • Research Associate contract at Lancaster University. Advisor: Henning Schomerus. Dates: from September 2008 till October 2009.

  • European Union - (ESR) Marie Curie Research Training Networks contract at Karlsruhe University. Director: Gerd Schön. Dates: from February 2005 to April 2008.

  • FPI Grant by the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (CAM). Dates: from October 2002 to January 2005.

  • Brief Stay Grant for Research in a Foreign Institution by the CAM. Place: Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Dates: from the 18th of March to the 1st of June, 2004.

  • Short Scientific Visit Grant by the European Science Foundation (Quantum Information Theory). Dates: from the 8th to the 15th of June, 2002.

  • FPU Grant by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Dates: from April 2001 to September 2002.

  • Post-graduate Studies Grant of the UAM. Dates: from October 2000 to March 2001.

  • Telefónica Training Grant: Technology Department in the corporation Telefónica de España. Dates: from January to September, 2000.

Research grants where I am PI

  1. Research grant from the Spanish government:
    Title: Colective states in low dimensional materials
    Funding agency: Ministerio de Economía y Competividad. Gobierno de España.
    Project number FIS2016-80434-P.
    Principal Investigators: Juan José Palacios Burgos and Elsa Prada Núñez.
    Other participants: 3 students.
    Amount: 43000 € + FPI contract
    Dates: 01/January/2017 – 29/December/2019.

  2. Research grant from the Spanish government:
    Title: From two-dimensional crystals to zero-dimensional structures: Mechanical and electronic properties
    Funding agency: Ministerio de Economía y Competividad. Gobierno de España.
    Project number FIS2013-47328-C2-1-P.
    Principal Investigators: Juan José Palacios Burgos and Elsa Prada Núñez.
    Other participants: 2 senior participants and 3 students (in Madrid).
    Amount: 37000 €
    Dates: 01/January/2014 – 31/December/2016.

  3. American Physical Society (APS) Outreach Minigrant:
    Title: Condensed Matter Physics, so close and such a stranger
    Funding agency: American Phsyical Society, USA.
    Researchers: Elsa Prada (project's leader), Isabel Guillamón and Enrique Sahagún
    Amount: $5000
    Dates: 14/February/2014
    Comments: Subsequently we also obtained funding from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), 1000€, and the Grupo Especializado de Física del Estado Sólido (GEFES-CSIC), 1000€.

  4. Research grant associated to Ramón y Cajal contract:
    Title: Quantum transport in graphene and topological insulators
    Funding agency: Ministerio de Economía y Competividad. Gobierno de España.
    Principal Investigators: Elsa Prada Núñez.
    Amount: 15000 €
    Dates: 01/November/2012 – 31/October/2014.

Invited lectures at conferences and summer schools

  1. From Andreev to Majorana bound states in hybrid superconductor-semiconductor nanowires. Presented at the SRITP workshop “Frontiers of Quantum Matter”, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel. Date: 11-Dec-2019.

  2. Topological insulators and superconductors. Plenary Lecture presented at the conference “XXVII International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics", Sevilla, Spain. Date: 4-Sep-2018.

  3. Topological materials. Two-hour tutorial presented at the "X edition of the GEFES meeting", Valencia, Spain. Date: 23-Jan-2018.

  4. Zero-energy pinning from interactions in Majorana nanowires. Presented at the workshop “Majorana States In Condensed Matter: Towards Topological Quantum Computation", Mallorca, Spain. Date: 20-May-2017.

  5. Topological superconductivity: Majorana fermions in nanowires. Presented at the workshop “Advances in nanostructured superconductors: materials, properties and theory", Miraflores, Madrid, Spain. Date: 5-May-2014.

  6. Small-angle twisted graphene bilayer under interlayer bias. Presented at the conference “Graphene Week 2013”, Chemnitz, Germany. Date: 4-June-2013.

  7. Transport spectroscopy of NS nanowire junctions with Majorana fermions. Presented at the worshop “Majorana Fermions in Condensed Mater”, Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. Date: 3-July-2012.

  8. Single-parameter pumping in graphene. Presented at the KITP conference “Fundamental Aspects of Graphene and Other Carbon Allotropes”, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Date: 13-January-2012

  9. Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at the conference GEFES 2010, Zaragoza, Spain. Date: 3-February-2010.

  10. Hybrid graphene structures. Presented at the 2007 CFN Summer School on Nanoelectronics, Bad Herrenalb, Germany. Date: 29-August-2007.

  11. MC-RTN work package 1: Quantum Coherence. Presented at the conference: “Marie Curie Advanced Study Institute: Quantum Optics and Computation”, Riomaggiore, Italy. Date: 3-April-2006.

  12. Bardeen Tunneling Hamiltonian in 3D applied to NN and NS interfaces. Presented at the VII Jornada Científica del Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera. Residencia La Cristalera, Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid. Date: 16-December-2003.

Invited seminars at universities and research institutes

  1. Colloquium: Majoranas in Condensed Matter: topology and non-locality. Presented at the Condensed Matter Theory & Quantum Computing department of Basel Univesity, Switzerland. Host: Jelena Klinovaja. Date: 27-April-2018

  2. Helical networks in twisted graphene bilayer under interlayer bias. Presented at the Condensed Matter Physics department of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Date: 28-May-2013

  3. Multiple Andreev reflection and critical current across a topological transition in superconducting nanowire junctions. Presented at the physics department of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Date: 25-April-2013

  4. Transport spectroscopy of NS nanowire junctions with Majorana fermions. Presented at the Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada CV, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Date: 17-October-2012

  5. Quantum spin Hall effect in mono- and bilayer graphene. Presented at the Mesoskopische Physik department, Würzburg University, Würzburg, Germany. Date: 14-December-2010

  6. Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Date: 26-May-2010.

  7. Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid - CSIC, Spain. Date: 11-March-2010.

  8. Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Date: 13-January-2010.

  9. Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at Lancaster University, UK. Date: June-2009.

  10. Pseudo-diffusive magnetotransport in graphene. Presented at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain. Date: 8-April-2009.

  11. Pseudo-diffusive magnetotransport in graphene. Presented at Lancaster University, UK. Date: 8-October-2008.

  12. Pseudo-diffusive magnetotransport in graphene. Presented at the ICMM-CSIC, Madrid, Spain. Date: 20-December-2006.

  13. Introduction to graphene physics. Presented at Karlsruhe University, Germany. Date: 4-July-2006.

  14. Clauser-Horne inequality and decoherence in mesoscopic conductors. Presented at Karlsruhe University. Date: 24-May-2005.

  15. Andreev current through finite-size NS interfaces using 3D Bardeen Hamiltonian. Presented at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy. Date: 6-May-2004.

  16. A brief introduction to Luttinger Liquids. Presented at Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University, UK. Date: 12-June-2002.

Contributed lectures at conferences and summer schools

  1. Quantifying Majorana non-locality in inhomogeneous nanowires with a local probe. Presented at the 20th International Conference on Superlattices, Nanostructures and Nanodevices - ICSNN2018 organized by the CSIC, Madrid (Spain). Date: 27-July-2018.

  2. Quantifying Majorana non-locality in inhomogeneous nanowires with a local probe. Presented at the conference Quantum Designer Physics organized by Donostia International Physics center, San Sebastián (Spain). Date: 18-July-2018.

  3. Measuring Majorana non-locality and spin structure with a quantum dot. Presented at the symposium Quantum Materials and Technologies organized by the Grupo Especializado de Física del Estado Sólido (GEFES) and Real Sociendad Española de Física (RSEF), Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain). Date: 19-July-2017.

  4. Mapping the topological phase diagram of multiband semiconductors with supercurrents. Presented at the APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado (USA). Date: 4-March-2011.

  5. Zero Landau level in folded graphene ribbons. Presented at the conference: CECAM Charge and Spin Transport in Chemically Modified Graphene-Based Materials, Barcelona, Spain. Date: 8-April-2011.

  6. Zero Landau level in folded graphene ribbons. Presented at the APS March Meeting 2011, Dallas, Texas (USA). Date: 24-March-2011.

  7. Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at the Graphene Week 2010, Maryland, USA. Date: 23-April-2010.

  8. Effect of inelastic scattering on spin entanglement detection through current noise . Presented at the conference: “Fundamentals of nanoelectronics”, MCRTN International School, Keszthely, Lake Balaton, Hungary. Date: 31-August-2006.

  9. Clauser-Horne inequality and decoherence in mesoscopic conductors. Presented at the conference: “Nanoscale Dynamics and Quantum Coherence”, MCRTN International Workshop, Catania, Italy. Date: 2-October-2005.

  10. Entangled electron current through finite size normal-superconductor tunnelling structures. Presented at the conference: “Nanoscale Dynamics, Coherence and Computation”, 2003 Annual Meeting, Mallorca, Spain. Date: 4-October-2003.

  11. Electron Entanglement in Superconductors. Presented at the summer school on Quantum Information in Santiago de Compostela University, Galicia, Spain. Date: 11-September-2001.

Posters

  • Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at the Graphene Week 2010, Maryland, USA. Date: 22-April-2010.

  • Quantum pumping in graphene. Presented at the conference Graphene, Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Huesca, Spain, 26 July-1 August, 2009.

  • Pseudospintronics in bilayer graphene. Presented by Pablo San-Jose at the conference Graphene, Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Huesca, Spain, 1-8 August, 2009.

  • Strains and magnetic fields in suspended graphene. Presented by Gladys León at the conference Graphene, Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Huesca, Spain, 26 July-8 August, 2009.

  • Pseudo-diffusive magnetotransport in graphene. Presented at:
    • Fundamental problems of Mesoscopic Physics and Nanoelectronics, Mojacar, Spain, 11 September, 2007.
    • The Lorentz Center workshop on graphene, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 5-9 February, 2007.
  • Current conserving modelling of inelastic scattering. Presented by P. San-Jose at the conference Nanoscale Dynamics and Quantum Coherence, MCRTN International Workshop, Catania, Italy, 2-5 October, 2005.

  • Entangled Electron Current Through Finite Size NS Tunnelling Structures. Presented at:
    • Euroconference: Spin and Charge Transport in Nanostructures, Braga, 1-5 September, 2003.
    • Centenary of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics, Madrid, 7-11 July, 2003.
    • March Meeting, Austin, Texas, 4-9 May, 2003. (Presented by F. Sols.)
    • Summer school: New Directions in Mesoscopic Physics (towards nanoscience), Erice, Italy, 20 July-1 August, 2002.

Visits to other research centers

  • Three months invitation to "The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)" workshop on "The Physics of Graphene". Dates: from the 4th of January to the 30th of March, 2012.

  • Visit to the “Universitat de les Illes Balears”, Mallorca, Spain, to collaborate with Dr. Rosa López and Dr. David Sánchez. Dates: from the 6th to the 9th of April, 2009.

  • Visit to the “Instituto de Ciencias Materiales de Madrid”, CSIC, Spain, to collaborate with Prof. Francisco Guinea. Dates: from the 18th of December, 2006 to the 10th of January, 2007.

  • Visit to the “Instituto de Ciencias Materiales de Madrid”, CSIC, Spain, to collaborate with Prof. Francisco Guinea. Dates: from the 18th to the 22th of September, 2006.

  • Visit to the “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa, Italy, to collaborate with Prof. Rosario Fazio and Dr. Fabio Taddei. Dates: from the 25th to the 30th of September, 2005.

  • Stay of two and a half months in the “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa, granted by FPI grant of the CAM, to make a scientific collaboration with Professor Rosario Fazio. Dates: from the 18th of March to the 1st of June, 2004.

  • One week invitation to work with Dr. Christoph Simon (Centre of Quantum Computation) in Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University, UK. Dates: from the 8th to the 15th of June, 2002.

PhD/Master Thesis direction

  • Direction of the PhD Thesis of Fenando Peñaranda del Río. Theme: Majorana nanowires. Place: Condensed Matter Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Starting date: 1-Sep-2018. Ongoing.

  • Co-direction of the PhD Thesis of Samuel Díaz Escribano. Theme: Majorana nanowires. Place: Condensed Matter Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Starting date: 1-Sep-2017. Ongoing. Co-director: Alfredo Levy Yeyati.

  • Tutor of the PhD Thesis of Jorge Luis Cayao Díaz. Title: Hybrid superconductor-semiconductor nanowire junctions as useful platforms to study Majorana bound states. Place: Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM)-CSIC, Madrid, Spain. Starting date: 30-Jan-2012. Defence day: 20-May-2016. Director: Ramón Aguado Sola.

  • Tutor of the PhD Thesis of Jesús Ávila Camunas. Starting date: 8-Feb-2017. Director: Ramón Aguado Sola. Ongoing.

  • Direction of the Master Thesis of Fernando Peñaranda. Title: Smooth confinement in Majorana nanowires. Dates: 2017-2018. Place: Universidad Atónoma de Madrid, Spain.

  • Co-direction of the Master Thesis of Francisco José Martín. Title: Wave-matching approach to transport through Majorana nanowires. Dates: 2017-2018. Place: Universidad Atónoma de Madrid, Spain. Codirector: Alfredo Levy Yeyati.

  • Co-direction of the Master Thesis of Samuel Díaz Escribano. Title: Effect of the electrostatic environment on Majorana nanowires. Dates: 2016-2017. Place: Universidad Atónoma de Madrid, Spain. Codirector: Alfredo Levy Yeyati.

  • Co-direction of the Master Thesis of Sergio Graullera. Title: Electronic structure of Bi(111) bilayer. Dates: 2014-2015. Place: Universidad Atónoma de Madrid, Spain. Codirector: Juan José Palacios.

  • Co-direction of the Master Thesis of Petra Dietl. Title: Numerical Studies of Electronic Transport through Graphene Nanoribbons with Disorder. Dates: 2008-2009. Place: Karlsruhe University, Germany. Codirectors: Georgo Metalidis, Elsa Prada, Pablo San-Jose. Referee: Gerd Schön. Co-referee: Henning Schomerus.

Organization of scientific events

  • Co-organization of the minicolloquium Hybrid semiconductor-superconducting nanostructures: from Andreev to Majorana bound states within the online international conference CMD2020GEFES , 31 August- 4 September, 2020.

  • Co-organization of the XXIV International Summer School on Topological Materials , La Cristalera, Miraflores, Madrid, 3-8 September, 2017.

  • Organization of the scientific program, selection of the speakers and presentation of the Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) Summer School on graphene, Bad Herrenalb, Germany, 28-31 August, 2007.

  • Collaboration in the logistics of the 2003 Annual Meeting Nanoscale Dynamics, Coherence and Computation, Mallorca, Spain, 1-4 October, 2003.