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Introduction

My current research interests lie on stochastic thermodynamics, information and feedback control in stochastic systems, non-equilibrium fluctuation-dissipation theorem, and several biophysical projects (Dynamin, FDT on the Hair-bundle). Previously I have done research on optimization and control of colective brownian motion, Parrondo's games, and ratchet effects using magnetic vortices in superconducting materials and nerve impulse transmision.

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October 2011 - December 2014

March 2010 - September 2011

March 2009 - February 2010

Education

April 2001 - November 2005

## Publications

Publications (36)

The ability to implement adiabatic processes in the mesoscale is of key importance in the study of artificial or biological micro- and nanoengines. Microadiabatic processes have been elusive to experimental implementation due to the difficulty in isolating Brownian particles from their fluctuating environment. Here we report on the experimental rea...

The GTPase dynamin polymerizes into a helical coat that constricts membrane necks of endocytic pits to promote their fission. However, the dynamin mechanism is still debated because constriction is necessary but not sufficient for fission. Here, we show that fission occurs at the interface between the dynamin coat and the uncoated membrane. At this...

An algorithm based on backward induction is devised in order to compute the optimal sequence of games to be played in Parrondo games. The algorithm can be used to find the optimal sequence for any finite number of turns or in the steady state, showing that ABABB... is the sequence with the highest steady state average gain. The algorithm can also b...

An ensemble of Brownian particles in a feedback controlled flashing ratchet is studied. The ratchet potential is switched on and off depending on the position of the particles, with the aim of maximizing the current. We study in detail a protocol which maximizes the instant velocity of the center of mass of the ensemble at any time. This protocol i...

In some conditions, bacteria self-organize into biofilms, supracellular structures made of a self-produced embedding matrix, mainly composed of polysaccharides, DNA, proteins, and lipids. It is known that bacteria change their colony/matrix ratio in the presence of external stimuli such as hydrodynamic stress. However, little is still known about t...

In some conditions, bacteria self-organise into biofilms, supracellular structures made of a self-produced embedding matrix, mainly composed on polysaccharides, DNA, proteins and lipids. It is known that bacteria change their colony/matrix ratio in the presence of external stimuli such as hydrodynamic stress. However, little is still known about th...

Measurement and feedback allows for an external agent to extract work from a system in contact with a single thermal bath. The maximum amount of work that can be extracted in a single measurement and the corresponding feedback loop is given by the information that is acquired via the measurement, a result that manifests the close relation between i...

We present a feedback protocol that is able to confine a system to a single micro-state without heat dissipation. The protocol adjusts the Hamiltonian of the system in such a way that the Bayesian posterior distribution after measurement is in equilibrium. As a result, the whole process satisfies feedback reversibility —the process is indistinguish...

Stochastic heat engines can be built using colloidal particles trapped using optical tweezers. Here we review recent experimental realizations of microscopic heat engines. We first revisit the theoretical framework of stochastic thermodynamics that allows to describe the fluctuating behavior of the energy fluxes that occur at mesoscopic scales, and...

We review a series of experimental studies of the thermodynamics of nonequilibrium processes at the microscale. In particular, in these experiments we studied the fluctuations of the thermodynamic properties of a single optically-trapped microparticle immersed in water and in the presence of external random forces. In equilibrium, the fluctuations...

Carnot engine played a crucial role in the development of thermodynamics,
setting a fundamental upper limit to the efficiency of a motor operating
between two thermal baths. Nowadays, micromanipulation techniques make possible
to explore the thermodynamics of small systems at scales where fluctuations
cannot be neglected. Here, we report on an expe...

Stochastic thermodynamics [1,2] is a recently developed framework to deal with the thermodynamics at the microscope, where thermal fluctuations strongly influence their behaviour. Typical such systems are colloids and biomolecules or cells. These thermal fluctuations do not only lead to Brownian motion, but to a continuous and unavoidable heat exch...

In this work, the ratchet dynamics of Brownian particles driven by an
external sinusoidal (harmonic) force is investigated. The gating ratchet effect
is observed when another harmonic is used to modulate the spatially symmetric
potential in which the particles move. For small amplitudes of the harmonics,
it is shown that the current (average veloci...

We study a system of independent Brownian particles in a flashing ratchet potential that can be turned on or off depending on the position of the particles, with the aim of maximising the speed of the center of mass in the long run. First, an explanation of how to find the optimal protocol using Bellman's principle of optimality for any number of p...

We describe a new technique to estimate the mean square velocity of a
Brownian particle from time series of the position of the particle sampled at
frequencies several orders of magnitude smaller than the momentum relaxation
frequency. We apply our technique to determine the mean square velocity of
single optically trapped polystyrene microspheres...

The GTPase dynamin polymerizes into a helical coat that constricts membrane necks of endocytic pits to promote their fission. However, the dynamin mechanism is still debated because constriction is necessary but not sufficient for fission. Here, we show that fission occurs at the interface between the dyna-min coat and the uncoated membrane. At thi...

The hair bundle of sensory cells in the vertebrate ear provides an example of a noisy oscillator close to a Hopf bifurcation. The analysis of the data from both spontaneous and forced oscillations shows a strong violation of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, revealing the presence of an underlying active process that keeps the system out of equi...

A transverse ratchet effect has been measured in magnetic/superconducting hybrid films fabricated by electron beam lithography and magnetron sputtering techniques. The samples are Nb films grown on top of an array of Ni nanotriangles. Injecting an ac current parallel to the triangle reflection symmetry axis yields an output dc voltage perpendicular...

Two rectification mechanisms in vortex lattice dynamics in Nb films have been studied.
These two effects are based on ratchet effects, that is, an ac driving force induces
a net dc vortex flow. In our case, an input ac current applied to the Nb films,
grown on top of arrays of Ni nanotriangles, yields an output dc voltage. These two
rectification e...

We study the spatial structure and sub-structure of regions rich in Hipparcos stars with blue BT-VT colours. These regions, which comprise large stellar complexes, OB associations, and young open clusters, are tracers of on-going star formation in the Galaxy. The DBSCAN (Density-Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise) data clustering a...

We study the spatial structure and sub-structure of regions rich in Hipparcos stars with blue BT – VT colours. These regions, which comprise large stellar complexes, OB associations, and young open clusters, are tracers of on-going star formation in the Galaxy. The DBSCAN (Density-Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise) data clustering...

A collective mechanism for current reversal in rocking ratchets is proposed. The mechanism is based on a two-dimensional instability of the ground state of the system. We illustrate our results with numerical simulations and experiments using the dynamics properties of superconducting vortex lattice in Nb superconducting films fabricated on top of...

A collective mechanism for current reversal in superconducting vortex ratchets is proposed. The mechanism is based on a two-dimensional instability of the ground state (T=0) of the system. We illustrate our results with numerical simulations and experiments in Nb superconducting films fabricated on top of Si substrates with artificially induced asy...

Competition between the vortex lattice and a lattice of asymmetric artificial defects is shown to play a crucial role in ratchet experiments in superconducting films. We present a novel and collective mechanism for current reversal based on a reconfiguration of the vortex lattice. In contrast to previous models of vortex current reversal, the mecha...

We study an ensemble of individuals playing the two games of the
so-called Parrondo paradox. In our study, players are allowed to
choose the game to be played by the whole ensemble in each
turn. The choice cannot conform to the preferences of all the
players and, consequently, they face a simple frustration phenomenon
that requires some strategy to...

We present a modification of the so-called Parrondo's paradox where one is allowed to choose in each turn the game that a large number of individuals play. It turns out that, by choosing the game which gives the highest average earnings at each step, one ends up with systematic losses, whereas a periodic or random sequence of choices yields a stead...

Ratchet effect occurs when out of equilibrium particles move on asymmetric potentials. The outcome is a net motion without the need of being driven by non-zero average forces or temperatures gradients. This effect spans in Nature for example from molecular motors to particles separation. Most of the theoretical models have dealt with non-interactin...

In this paper we review two basic and related mechanisms rectifying fluctuations: Brownian ratchets and paradoxical games. We focus our study on the effect of control in both ratchets and games. © 2005 American Institute of Physics

We show how to switch on and offthe ratchet potential of a collective Brownian motor, depending only on the position of the particles, in order to attain a current higher than or at least equal to that induced by any periodic flashing. Maximization of instant velocity turns out to be the optimal protocol for one particle but is nevertheless defeate...

We study a modification of the so-called Parrondo's paradox where a large number of individuals choose the game they want to play by voting. We show that it can be better for the players to vote randomly than to vote according to their own benefit in one turn. The former yields a winning tendency while the latter results in steady losses. An explan...

Two losing gambling games, when alternated in a periodic or random fashion, can produce a winning game. This paradox has been inspired by certain physical systems capable of rectifying fluctuations: the so-called Brownian ratchets. In this paper we review this paradox, from Brownian ratchets to the most recent studies on collective games, providing...

We present a modification of the so-called Parrondo's paradox where one is allowed to choose in each turn the game that a large number of individuals play. It turns out that, by choosing the game which gives the highest average earnings at each step, one ends up with systematic loses, whereas a periodic or random sequence of choices yields a steadi...

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