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Principle Investigator

Principal Investigator

Dr. John Goold
Assistant Professor
SFI Royal Society University Research Fellow
School of Physics
Trinity College Dublin

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John Goold is a SFI-Royal Society University Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.


Following a PhD from University College Cork in 2010 in the Group of Thomas Busch, he then moved to the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University Of Singapore. In August 2010 he was awarded an INSPIRE Marie Curie Fellowship which he undertook at the University of Oxford where he was hosted in Vlatko Vedral’s quantum information theory group. In August 2013 he moved to The Abdus Salam Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste Italy and remained there until October 2017 where he moved as Research Assistant Professor to Trinity College Dublin. He was recently awarded an SFI Royal Society University Fellowship for a project on Thermodynamics for Quantum Technologies which will run for 5 years starting from October 2017. He has recently been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council of just over 1.3 million.
John is interested in the interface of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics and in particular on how thermodynamics behaviour emerges in complex many body systems. He has worked on a number of different areas including ultra cold atoms physics, statistical mechanics and quantum information.

Selected Publications

  1. The role of quantum information in thermodynamics – a topical review,

    J. Goold, M. Huber, A. Riera, L. del Rio, P. Skrzypczyk.
    J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 49, 143001 (2016)

  2. Total correlations of the diagonal ensemble herald the many-body localization transition,

    J. Goold, S. R. Clark, C. Gogolin, J. Eisert, A. Scardicchio, A. Silva.
    Phys. Rev. B. (Rapid Communications) 92, 180202(R) (2015)

  3. A non-equilibrium quantum Landauer principle,

    J. Goold, M. Paternostro and K. Modi.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 060602 (2015)

  4. Experimental reconstruction of work distribution and study of fluctuation relations in a closed quantum system,

    T. Batalhao, A. M. Souza, L. Mazzola, R. Auccaise, R. S. Sarthour, I. S. Oliveira,
    J. Goold, G. De Chiara, M. Paternostro, R. M. Serra.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 140601 (2014)

  5. Orthogonality catastrophe as a consequence of qubit embedding in an ultra-cold Fermi gas,

    J. Goold, T. Fogarty, M. Paternostro and Th. Busch.
    Phys. Rev. A. 84, 063632 (2011)


A comprehensive list of all publications along with some bibliometrics: