Nowadays quantum mechanics is used not only to predict physical behaviour, but also to exploit quantum resources in paradigm changing applications such as quantum communication and computation. Ultracold atomic gases are now routinely created and used for the study of complex many-body phenomena such as quantum phase transitions shedding light on open problems in condensed-matter physics. The overall aim of my research is to introduce a new line of thinking whose outcome could be controllable many-body models with tailored long-ranged interactions. Such systems find applications in quantum technology and allow us to tackle some of the most fundamental questions in physics.
It is hard combining being a mom with having a career; this is true for any working mom. The main difference I find with other jobs is that one cannot disconnect for too long: science is alive, and too many things evolve and change and wait for nobody! I chose to make my maternity leave periods quite short (three and five months for my son and daughter, respectively) and even brought them to conferences as babies! However, our times are quite flexible (my partner is also a physicist) and that helps when one of them is ill, for example.