Prof. André Xuereb

Associate Professor at the University of Malta

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science
University of Malta,
Msida MSD2080,


Tel.: +356 7909 2662 (mobile), +356 2340 2278 (office)

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Personal life: Outside my research career, I take an active role in science policy and science popularisation in Malta, and invite distinguished scientists (Nobel Laureate Prof William D Phillips in 2012, Prof Vlatko Vedral in 2014, Prof Anton Zeilinger in 2015) to share their love of science with the general public. As of June 2014, I am happily married to a brilliant lawyer.

Affiliation: I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Malta.

Previous affiliations: From 2011 to 2016 I was a visiting researcher working in the QTeQ group at Queen’s University Belfast. Between October 2011 and October 2014 I held a Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
From February to October 2011, I was a research assistant in Klemens Hammerer’s group in Hannover. Officially, I was part of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Leibniz University, Hannover, and the QUEST (Centre for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Research) excellence cluster in Hannover.
From September 2007 to March 2011 I was a doctoral student in Tim Freegarde’s Quantum Control group at the University of Southampton. My PhD thesis, “Optical Cooling Using the Dipole Force”, is available in book form, published by Springer Theses; see, e.g., Amazon.

Research interests:
  • Optomechanics
  • Laser cooling
  • Quantum optics
  • Retarded atom–surface interactions
  • Dissipative dipole forces

Curriculum vitae: Available here.

Popular articles
  1. André Xuereb and James Millen; The rise of the quantum machines. First published in Physics World, January 2016. Available for download here.
Published peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, & arXiv pre-prints
An updated list of publications is available at
For a full list of arXiv pre-prints, visit

Books and chapters
  1. André Xuereb; Optical Cooling Using the Dipole Force (Springer Theses); ISBN: 978-3-642-29714-4.
Lecture notes
  1. Optomechanics, a set of lectures and exercises first given at the Winter School on Physics of Small Quantum Systems: Thermal and Topological Phenomena (January 2015, Helsinki): Lecture 1, lecture 2, lecture 3 (exercises; solutions), and lecture 4.