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Prof. Dr. Robert Alicki

University of Gdańsk
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
External Senior Fellow
June - August 2014


Robert Alicki was born on 12 September 1951 in Toru?. Received a Master Degree in 1974, a PhD in 1977, Dr. hab. in 1983, Professor title in 1992.
Employed by the University of Gdansk as Assistant (1974-1977),  Assistant Professor (1977-1983), Associate Professor (1983-1992),
Professor (1992-1994), and Full Professor (from 1994).
Recipient of  Humboldt Fellowship (LMU Munich, 1981-1983), Kociuszko Fellowship (University of Florida, Gainsville , 1992-1993), Weston Visiting Professorship (Weizmann Institute of Science 2011-2012 ) and several  awards  from the Polish Ministry of Higher Education  and grants from the Polish National Committee for Scientific Research.
Visiting Professor at the Universities: Leuven (Belgium),  Rome II,  Udine (Italy), Nottingham (UK), Tokyo   (Japan), and Perimeter Institute, Waterloo (Canada).
Member of editorial board of the journal " Open Systems and Information Dynamics".
Author and co-author of about 120 publications in international journals and co-author of 2 monographs: "Quantum Dynamical Semigroups and Applications", Springer, Berlin 1987, II edition 2007 (with K. Lendi); "Quantum Dynamical Systems", Oxford University Press, 2001 (with M. Fannes). Research activity devoted to mathematical physics , nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, quantum open systems, quantum dynamical systems,  quantum thermodynamics, quantum information and foundations of quantum mechanics.


Selected Publications

  • R. Alicki and F. Giraldi,  J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 44 154020, (2011)
  • R.  Alicki and W. Miklaszewski, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 134103 (2012)
  • M. Kolá, D. Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, R. Alicki, and G. Kurizki , Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 090601 (2012)
  • A. Levy, R. Alicki, and R. Kosloff ,  Phys Rev Lett. 109,  248901, (2012)
  • K. Szczygielski, D. Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, and R.  Alicki,  Phys. Rev. E 87, 012120 (2013)


FRIAS Research Project

Quantum nonequilibrium processes in molecular systems.

Recently developed (by myself and coworkers) mathematical tools including  resonant models of Wigner-Weisskopf type for quantum transport processes and quantum master equations for periodically driven open systems  can be applied to  molecular complexes with biological applications. A natural example of applications is the mechanism of photosynthesis where both aspects , namely coherent transport and  interactions with  nonequilibrium environment leading to work extraction are important. The goal of the project is to contribute to the consistent microscopic and quantum description  of dynamical and thermodynamical processes in complex  molecular systems.  These topics are also intensively  studied in Freiburg what  creates a very promissing  perspective of collaboration.