Dr Giovanni Barontini

Dr Giovanni Barontini

School of Physics and Astronomy
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

The focus of Giovanni's Quantum Gases Group is on experimental cold atoms physics and quantum optics. The research activities include experiments with ultracold quantum gases,  quantum mixtures and quantum technology for brain diagnostics.

More information about the research activities can be found on the Quantum Gases Group webpage.


  • PhD in Physics, University of Florence, Italy, 2010
  • Master in Physics, University of Florence, Italy, 2006


  • Lecturer, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Birmingham, UK, 2015
  • Research Associate, Imperial College London, UK, 2015
  • CNRS Research Fellow, Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, 2013-2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Marie Curie fellow, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2010-2013
  • Visiting Researcher, Institut Non Linéaire de Nice, France, 2010


  • LM Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases
  • LH Cold Atoms Group Studies
  • Y4 projects

Postgraduate supervision



Please visit our webpage

Research Themes

  • Ultracold quantum gases
  • Quantum Thermodynamics
  • Ultracold Bose-Bose Mixtures
  • Quantum simulations
  • Quantum technology for brain diagnostics

Past Research

  • Cavity Quantum electrodynamics
  • Rydberg physics with ultracold gases
  • Electron microscopy of ultracold gases
  • High-resolution manipulation of quantum gases
  • Multi-particle Entanglement

Other activities

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Post graduate certificate in higher education
  • SEDA's Learning, Teaching and Assessing award


A. U. Kowalczyk, Y. Bezsudnova, O. Jensen, and G. Barontini
"Detection of human auditory evoked brain signals with a resilient nonlinear optically pumped magnetometer"
NeuroImage 226, 117497 (2020)

J. Mellado Muñoz, R. Sawant, A. Maffei, X. Wang, and G. Barontini
"Realizing the Frenkel-Kontorova model with Rydberg-dressed atoms"
Phys. Rev. A 102, 043308 (2020)

J. Mellado Muñoz, X. Wang, T. Hewitt, A. U. Kowalczyk, R. Sawant, and G. Barontini
"Dissipative Distillation of Supercritical Quantum Gases"
Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 020403 (2020)

V. Guarrera, R. Gartman, G. Bevilacqua, G. Barontini, and W. Chalupczak
"Parametric Amplification and Noise Squeezing in Room Temperature Atomic Vapors"
Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 033601 (2019)

G. Barontini and M. Paternostro
"Ultra-cold single-atom quantum heat engines"
New J. Phys. 21, 063019 (2019)

D. Benedicto-Orenes, A. U. Kowalczyk, E. Witkowska, and G. Barontini
"Exploring the thermodynamics of spin-1 Bose gases with synthetic magnetization"
New J. Phys. 21, 043024 (2019)

J. Liu, X. Wang, J. Mellado Munoz, A. Kowalczyk, and G. Barontini
"Vortex conveyor belt for matter-wave coherent splitting and interferometry"
Scientific Reports  9,  1267 (2019)

J. Hordell, D. Benedicto-Orenes, P. G. Petrov, A. Kowalczyk, G. Barontini, and V. Boyer,
"Transport of spatial squeezing through an optical waveguide"
Optics Express, 26, 22783 (2018)

N. Meyer, H. Proud, M. Perea-Ortiz, C. O’Neale, M. Baumert, M. Holynski, J. Kronjäger, G. Barontini, and K. Bongs,
"Observation of Two-Dimensional Localized Jones-Roberts Solitons in Bose-Einstein Condensates"
Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 150403 (2017)

D. Benedicto-Orenes, A. Kowalczyk, K. Bongs, and G. Barontini,
"Endoscopic imaging of quantum gases through a fiber bundle",
Optics Express 25 19701 (2017)

Y.-H. Lien, G. Barontini, M. Scheucher, M. Mergenthaler J. Goldwin and E.A. Hinds,
"Observing coherence effects in an overdamped quantum system",
Nature Communications 7, 13933 (2016)

G. Barontini, L. Hohmann, F. Haas, J. Esteve and J. Reichel,
“Deterministic Generation of Multiparticle Entanglement by Quantum Zeno Dynamics”,
Science 349, 1317 (2015)

G. Barontini and V. Guarrera,
“Localization by Dissipative Disorder: Deterministic Approach to Position Measurements”,
Phys. Rev. A 91, 032114 (2015)

T.M. Weber, M. Hoening, T. Niederpruem, T. Manthey, O. Thomas, V. Guarrera, M. Fleischhauer, G. Barontini, and H. Ott, “Mesoscopic Rydberg-blockaded ensembles in the superatom regime and beyond”,
Nature Physics 11, 157 (2015)

A. Vogler, R. Labouvie, G. Barontini, S. Eggert, V. Guarrera, and H. Ott,
“Cross-dimensional phase transition from an array of 1D Luttinger liquids to a 3D Bose-Einstein condensate”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 215301 (2014)

T. Manthey, T.M. Weber, T. Niederpruem, P. Langer, V. Guarrera, G. Barontini, H. Ott,
“Scanning electron microscopy of Rydberg-excited Bose-Einstein condensates”,
New J. Phys. 16, 083034 (2014)

A. Vogler, R. Labouvie, F. Stubenrauch, G. Barontini, V. Guarrera, and H. Ott,
“Thermodynamics of strongly correlated one-dimensional Bose gases”,
Phys. Rev. A 88, 031603(R) (2013)

G. Barontini and H. Ott,
“High Resolution Electron Microscopy of Quantum Gases”,
in Quantum fluids: hot topics and new trends (Springer, 2013), edited by A. Bramati and M. Modugno

G. Barontini, R. Labouvie, F. Stubenrauch, A. Vogler, V. Guarrera, H. Ott,
“Controlling the dynamics of an open many-body quantum system with localized dissipation”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 035302 (2013)

T. Bienaime, G. Barontini, L. Mercier de Lepinay, L. Bellando, J. Chabe, R. Kaiser,
“Fast compression of a cold atomic cloud using a blue detuned crossed dipole trap”,
Phys. Rev. A 86, 053412 (2012)

V. Guarrera, D. Muth, R. Labouvie, A. Vogler, G. Barontini, M. Fleischhauer, H. Ott,
“Spatio-temporal Fermionization of Strongly Interacting 1D Bosons”,
Phys. Rev. A 86, 021601(R) (2012)

T. M. Weber, T. Niederpruem, T. Manthey, P. Langer, V. Guarrera, G. Barontini, H. Ott,
“Continuous Coupling of Ultracold Atoms to an Ionic Plasma via Rydberg Excitation”,
Phys. Rev. A 86, 020702(R) (2012)

D. A. Zezyulin, V. V. Konotop, G. Barontini, H. Ott,
“Macroscopic Zeno Effect and Stationary Flows in Nonlinear Waveguides with Localized Dissipation”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 020405 (2012)

V. Guarrera, P.Wuertz, A. Ewerbeck, A. Vogler, G. Barontini, H. Ott,
“Observation of Local Temporal Correlations in Trapped Quantum Gases”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 160403 (2011)

F. Minardi, G. Barontini, J. Catani, G. Lamporesi, Y. Nishida, M. Inguscio,
“Bose-Bose mixtures in reduced dimensions”,
J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 264 012016 (2011)

G. Lamporesi, J. Catani, G. Barontini, Y. Nishida, M. Inguscio, F. Minardi,
“Scattering in Mixed Dimensions with Ultracold Gases”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 153202 (2010)

G. Barontini and M. Modugno,
“Instabilities of a matter wave in a matter grating”,
Phys. Rev. A 80, 063613 (2009)

J. Catani, G. Barontini, G. Lamporesi, F. Rabatti, G. Thalhammer, F. Minardi, S. Stringari, M. Inguscio,
“Entropy exchange in a mixture of ultracold atoms”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 140401 (2009)

G. Barontini, C. Weber, F. Rabatti, J. Catani, G. Thalhammer, M. Inguscio, F. Minardi,
“Observation of heteronuclear atomic Efimov resonances”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 043201 (2009)

G. Thalhammer, G. Barontini, J. Catani, F. Rabatti, C. Weber, A. Simoni, F. Minardi M. Inguscio,
“Collisional and molecular spectroscopy in an ultracold Bose-Bose mixture”,
New J. Phys. 11 (2009)

C. Weber, G. Barontini, J. Catani, G. Thalhammer, M. Inguscio, F. Minardi,
“Association of ultracold double-species bosonic molecules”,
Phys. Rev. A 78, 061601(R) (2008)

G. Thalhammer, G. Barontini, L. De Sarlo, J. Catani, F. Minardi, M. Inguscio,
“Double Species Bose-Einstein Condensate with Tunable Interspecies Interactions”,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 210402 (2008)

J. Catani, L. De Sarlo, G. Barontini, F. Minardi, M. Inguscio,
“Degenerate Bose-Bose mixture in a three-dimensional optical lattice”,
Phys. Rev. A 77, 011603(R) (2008)

G. Barontini and M. Modugno,
“Dynamical instability and dispersion management of an attractive condensate in an optical lattice”,
Phys. Rev. A 76, 041601(R) (2007)

L. De Sarlo, P. Maioli, G. Barontini, J. Catani, F. Minardi, M. Inguscio,
“Collisional properties of sympathetically cooled 39K”,
Phys. Rev. A 75, 022715 (2007)

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