Alberto Amaduzzi  Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Quantitative measures of individual human trajectories during the COVID19 pandemic
The unprecedented COVID19 pandemic we witnessed showed us the critical role played by human interactions in the advance of a new disease. Severe socialdistancing measures such as strict lockdown restrictions and travel bans had proven to be highly effective in diminishing the impact of the pandemic as secondwave scenarios emerged when restrictions were lifted. Thus, characterizing how human mobility flows had changed during this period is crucial for developing mitigation strategies and preparing for upcoming outbreaks. At the same time, as scientists, this scenario provides a natural experiment that allows us to test the robustness of individual mobility patterns.
Our goal in this research is to understand and quantify how human mobility patterns changed with the appearance of the COVID19 pandemic and the consequent government restrictions. We analyzed a large dataset of GPS trajectories obtained by smartphone apps from January to September 2020. We included over 180,000 trajectories of people living in Massachusetts and considered movements across the U.S.A. For our results, we consider three different scenarios regarding the COVID19 lockdown restrictions: before (from January to midMarch), during (from midMarch to May), and After (from June to September).
We have calculated how the shape of the distribution of single trajectory's observables such as displacement length and radius of gyration. Our results provide quantitative measures for the evolution individual human trajectories during the pandemic that would allow for improved modeling of the impact of mobility to disease spreading.
Understanding human social patterns in the context of a global pandemic is challenging but crucial from a public health perspective to the development of appropriate interventions for upcoming outbreaks.

Marco Ancona  University of Padua
Solid and galssy behaviour of chromatinbinding proteins
Intracellular protein clusters such as Cajal bodies or transcription factories are generically seen in eukaryotic nuclei, and their biological function is beginning to be characterised. Much less is known, however, on their dynamics: a lot of studies assume these clusters are liquidlike, but experimental observations point to a more nuanced behaviour, with clusters formed by different proteins possessing different properties. Here, we study the dynamics and structural features of chromatinbound protein droplets arising through the ``bridginginduced attraction'', which has been suggested to underlie nuclear body biogenesis, and has recently been demonstrated in vitro. We show that the emergent clusters display a liquidtosolid transition, triggered for instance by increasing the magnitude of the proteinchromatin affinity. If specific proteinchromatin interactions are presents alongside nonspecific ones, the solid state is glassy and structurally disordered. We predict the liquidtosolid and liquidtoglass transitions should leave signatures detectable by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching experiments, and that the solid or glassy state should be accompanied by dynamical heterogeneity, with two populations of fast and slow particles coexisting within the clusters.

Sebastiano Ariosto  Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Universal mean field upper bound for the generalisation gap of deep neural networks
Modern deep neural networks (DNNs) represent a formidable challenge for theorists: according to the commonly accepted probabilistic framework that describes their performance, these architectures should overfit due to the huge number of parameters to train, but in practice they do not. Here we employ results from replica mean field theory to compute the generalisation gap of machine learning models with quenched features, in the teacherstudent scenario and for regression problems with quadratic loss function. Notably, this framework includes the case of DNNs where the last layer is optimised given a specific realisation of the remaining weights. We show how these results  combined with ideas from statistical learning theory  provide a stringent asymptotic upper bound on the generalisation gap of fully trained DNN as a function of the size of the dataset P. In particular, in the limit of large P and Nout (where Nout is the size of the last layer) and Nout< 
Fabrizio Baroni  IFACCNR
Topology trivialization in the φ^4 model
The onlattice φ^4 model is a paradigmatic example of continuous real variables model undergoing a continuous symmetry braking phase transition (SBPT). In this poster we present the study of the equipotential hypersurfaces of the Z2symmetric meanfield version without the quadratic term of the local potential. Obviously, this simplification is directly extensible to the other symmetry groups for which the model undergoes a SBPT. We show that the Z2SBPT is not affected by the quadratic term, and that the potential energy landscape turns out greatly simplified. In particular, there exist only three critical points, to confront with an amount growing as e^N (N is the number of degrees of freedom) of the model with nonvanishing quadratic term. In our opinion, this is a crucial feature for deepening the understanding of the link between SBPTs and the truly essential geometrictopological properties of the energy potential landscape for Z2symmetric systems.
References
https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.1911.00233
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.100.012124
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.102.012119
https://doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e20201003745

Andreas Baumgärtner  Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Lockdown made pandemic mobility networks more efficient
The Covid19 pandemic affected the behavior of people all over the world in an unprecedented way. Governmental containment measurements altered the mobility of citizens on a large scale and changed the way cities, as complex systems, process information. Quantifying how urban flows of individuals had changed during this omnipresent crisis can be crucial to analyzing and improving possible measurements in upcoming pandemics. Furthermore, it can help to improve cities' general organization, for instance, by adapting the public transport system. In this work, we took a mobility network approach using a rich dataset provided by Cuebiq and focused on the functional changes of the network structure in cities in the U.S., with Boston as a first approach. Then, we characterized the network with two quantities: integration and segregation. On the one hand, as a proxy for integration, we used the normalized Global Communication Efficiency  the average shortest path length of the network, taking into account the weights of the edges. On the other hand, segregation is measured with the modularity of the network how much the network can be divided into clusters using the Louvain method for community detection. Contrary to expectations, namely that cities' efficiency would decrease during the pandemic due to lockdown restrictions and travel bans, our preliminary result found the opposite for innercity movements. In Boston, between February and April of 2020, integration increased in the months of solid restrictions and decreased in the summer months when Covidcases dropped again. A possible explanation for this finding might be
that the network during the pandemic strongly organise around hubs that more efficiently bridge between different areas of the city. In the following steps, we aim to extend our analysis to other cities such as New York, Washington DC, Austin, and Seattle to have a broader perspective and compare results. Then, intercity flows will be analyzed to systematically understand how networks of urban flows changed on larger scales.
A. Baumgartner, L.G. AlvarezZuzek, S. Centellegher, L. Lucchini, F. Privitera, B. Lepri, M. De Domenico, R. Gallotti

Anna Braghetto  Università degli Studi di Padova, INFN sezione di Padova
Knot classification in polymers through deep learning
One of the fundamental open problems in knot theory is their classification, which aims to
discriminate whether two given closed curves are topologically equivalent or not. The problem might be tackled with knot invariants, such as the Alexander polynomial, quantities that are the same for equivalent knots. Nevertheless, algorithms implementing knot recognition through invariants might take extremely large time or even fail.
In this work, we study the problem of knot classification in polymers by using deep learning. In particular, we resorted to convolutional neural networks (CNN) and longshort term memory (LSTM).
We simulated polymers, including different chain lengths and knots types. After the simulation, we computed different sets of features along the polymer chains and we used them to train the CNN and the LSTM.
Our preliminary results are encouraging and seem to lead to a flexible and quick method for detecting knots in polymers.

Martino Brambati  university of Insubria
Directed and spontaneous flocking: how to tell them apart
Collective motion  or flocking  is an emergent phenomenon that underlies many biological processes of relevance, from cellular migrations to animal groups movement. In this work, we derive scaling relations for the fluctuations of the mean direction of motion and for the static density structure factor (which encodes static density fluctuations) in the presence of a homogeneous, small external field. This allows us to formulate two different and complementary criteria capable of detecting instances of directed motion exclusively from easily measurable dynamical and static signatures of the collective dynamics, without the need to detect correlations with environmental cues. The static one is informative in large enough systems, while the dynamical one requires large observation times to be effective. We believe these criteria may prove useful to detect or confirm the directed nature of collective motion in in vivo experimental observations, which are typically conducted in complex and not fully controlled environments.

Lorenzo Buffoni  Portuguese Quantum Institute
Third law of thermodynamics and the scaling of quantum computers
The third law of thermodynamics, also known as the Nernst unattainability principle, puts a fundamental bound on how close a system, whether classical or quantum, can be cooled to a temperature near absolute zero. On the other side, a fundamental assumption of quantum computing is to start any computation from a register of qubits initialized in a pure state at zero temperature. This problem at the interface between quantum computing and thermodynamics is often overlooked or, at best, addressed only at a singlequbit level. Here, we will argue how the existence of a small, but finite, effective temperature, which makes the initial state a mixed state, poses a real challenge for the scaling of quantum computers. The theory, carried out for a generic quantum circuit with Nqubits input states, is validated by experiments performed on an IBM quantum computer.

Claudio Basilio Caporusso  University of Bari & INFN
Morphology and dynamics of twodimensional Active Brownian clusters
Active (or selfpropelled) particles constantly consume internal energy to move in the
environment, breaking timereversal symmetry at the local level and leaving the system
out of equilibrium. This allows for a variety of fascinating phenomena to appear, such as
the phase separation into a dense and a dilute phase in the complete absence of attractive
interactions, known as motilityinduced phase separation (MIPS) [1]. Although MIPS
retains many aspects of a phase separation at equilibrium, its inherent nonequilibrium
origin leads to a new physical phenomenology. Here we illustrate some of the peculiar
features of the MIPS dynamics of active disks in two spatial dimensions emerging from
numerical simulations [2].
We show the presence of another ordering mechanism beyond the equilibriumlike
phase separation, namely the microphase separation of hexatic domains and vapor
bubbles within dense clusters of particles [3]. We studied the steadystate size of these
structures and found that it can be directly controlled by tuning the selfpropulsion
strength of the individual particles.
We then provide a detailed analysis of the dynamics of individual clusters during the
phase separation process. We show that active clusters have diffusive behavior that is
enhanced by the selfpropulsion strength and that the diffusion coefficient depends in a
nontrivial way on the total mass of the cluster. We explain this anomalous behavior by
the appearance of correlations between active forces in the clusters, which is
a pure nonequilibrium effect induced by selfpropulsion.
[1] Cates M., Tailleur J. Annu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys. (2015)
[2] Digregorio P., Levis D., Suma A., Cugliandolo L.F., Gonnella G., Pagonabarraga I.
Phys. Rev. Lett. (2018).
[3] Caporusso C.B., Digregorio P., Levis D., Cugliandolo L.F., Gonnella G. Phys. Rev.
Lett. (2020)

Livio Nicola Carenza  Leiden University  Lorentz Institute
Multiscale Ordering in Epithelial Tissues: Nematic vs Hexatic
Epithelial tissues are essential in a number of biological processes, such as morphogenesis and cancer development. A fundamental understanding of their dynamics, however, is limited by the current lack of knowledge of the symmetries underlying cells' collective motion. An important progress in this respect, was recently achieved by Saw et. al. [1], who suggested that epithelial tissues could in fact behave as active nematic liquid crystals. In this work, we use a combination of in vitro experiments, numerical simulations and analytical work to identify the emergent order of epithelial tissues. Upon generalizing the standard shape tensor to arbitrary ranks, we find that both nematic and hexatic order is in fact present in epithelial layers, with the former being relevant at the large scales and the latter at the short scales. This separation of length scales affects both the topological and dynamical properties of the system. Importantly, neglecting hexatic order leads to a misidentification of topological defects and the appearance of unphysical disclination lines. Finally, we discuss how such an emergent hexanematic order crucially affects the hydrodynamic feedback at different lengthscales.
[1] Saw et al. Nature volume 544, 212216 (2017)

Giovanni Battista Carollo  Università degli Studi di Bari
Statics and dynamics of the 1d Ising model in contact with a multibath
Multibath models were proposed in late '90, providing a rather simple class of systems naturally out of equilibrium. Moreover, it has been shown that annealed and quenched averages of disordered systems amount to particular temperatures of a multibath system. However, multibath models have still to be examined in great details.
We have studied a 1 dimensional Ising spinglass, where the spins are in contact with a first thermal bath and the coupling constants with a second one, with a temperature much higher than the one of the spins. To characterize the dynamics, we considered Glauber transition rates. Contrarily to the standard Ising model, we have found that the system stationarizes and that the correlators among the socalled "gauge" variables play a central role to describe the dynamics. We can give also some insights into the twotimecorrelation functions and the fluctuationdissipation relation in this system.

Sacha Cormenier  Università degli studi Roma Tre
Study of recent electronic device getting irradiated by particle through the behaviour of neural networks
Very recent embedded systems has been launched by Xilinx company, called Versal ACAP. These are the next generation of FPGAs and could be used in modern physics experiments, such as colliders detectors or space missions, in order to speed up response times and efficiency.
The main issue of such electronic devices in these kind of experiments lies in their interaction with particles, including neutrons, protons, ions and photons. Before being used in physics experiments, for image recognition for example, the behaviour of this Versal ACAP must be studied when struck by these types of particles. In order to do so, we implement neural networks and study its behaviour while the board is irradiated by condensed beams of particles. In this way, we can have a global idea of the board response after being used for several years in physics experiments.

Marco CrialesiEsposito  Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, sezione di Torino
Modulation of homogeneous and isotropic turbulence in emulsions
We present a numerical study of emulsions in homogeneous and isotropic turbulence (HIT) at Reλ=137. The problem is addressed via direct numerical simulations, where the volume of fluid is used to represent the complex features of the liquidliquid interface. We consider a mixture of two isodensity fluids, where fluid properties are varied with the goal of understanding their role in turbulence modulation. We observe the 10/3 and 3/2 scaling on droplet size distributions, suggesting that the dimensional arguments that led to their derivation are verified in HIT conditions. Furthermore, we report significant modulation of the canonical singlephase turbulence, showing that the interface is indeed responsible for energy transport across scales.

Michele Delvecchio  Università di Parma
Couteracting noise and errors in multiqubit excitations
Michele Delvecchio^{1,2}, Francesco Petiziol^{3}, Ennio Arimondo^{4,5}, Sandro Wimberger^{1,2}
1 Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 7/A, 43124, Parma, Italy
2 National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Milano Bicocca Section, Parma Group, Parco Area delle Scienze 7/A, 43124, Parma, Italy
3 Institut für Theoretische Physik, Fakultatat II Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Technische Universitat Berlin, EugeneP.WignerGebaude, Hardenbergstr. 36, 10623 BerlinCharlottenburg, Germany
4 Dipartimento di Fisica E. Fermi, Università di Pisa  Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy
5 INOCNR, via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Quantum computers are currently affected by many sources of decoherence. These prevent us from performing highfidelity quantum operations, but various techniques can be adopted to increase the performance of a quantum system. In particular, in our study, we faced the problem with two approaches: in the first one, we analyzed different counterdiabatic statetransfer protocols affected by various decoherence channels. The study was performed on a singlequbit system and twoqubit entangling gate. The results show that, according to the decoherence channel affecting the system, one can mitigate the degradation of the fidelity by properly optimize the driving [1]; in the second, instead, we exploit the interatomic interactions for compensating static errors in the control parameters. We show that the interaction can be tuned in order to recover essentially the errorfree dynamics of the atoms. Our calculations show that there exists a specific condition for which the compensation is indeed optimal [2].
A natural experimental realization are ultracold Rydberg atoms with imperfect excitation pulses. Their nonlocal interaction allows for many possible scenarios for the realization of qubit gates and excitation transport.
[1] M. Delvecchio, F. Petiziol, and S. Wimberger, The Renewed role of Sweep Functions in Noisy Shortcuts to Adiabaticity, Entropy, 23(7), 897 (2021)
[2] M. Delvecchio, F. Petiziol, E. Arimondo, and S. Wimberger, Atomic interactions for qubiterror compensations, Phys. Rev. A 105, 042431 (2022)

Giordano De Marzo  Centro Ricerche Enrico Fermi
Quantifying the Unexpected: a scientific approach to Black Swans
Giordano De Marzo, Andrea Gabrielli, Andrea Zaccaria and Luciano Pietronero.
Black Swans have been introduced by Nassim Taleb to describe events that are unexpected, unpredictable, and characterized by extreme consequences. Examples of such events often found in the literature are World War I or the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since the work of Taleb, this concept has been widely used and also during the Covid19 pandemic many public institutions and journals improperly referred to the virus as a Black Swan. In our work we address the challenging task of developing a scientifically grounded and quantitative approach to Black Swans, that up to now have been analyzed only qualitatively. We identify the mathematical ingredients needed for producing Black Swans as the presence of an inherent power law distribution and a jump dynamics of its upper cutoff. After an appropriate analysis we can define a parameter, the Blackness, capable of quantifying the degree of unexpectedness of an event. In this way it is possible to decide if the event is a real Black Swan, a Grey Swan or just a White Swan. Using the Blackness we analyze a number of social and natural events. For instance we confirm on a quantitative basis that World War I and 9/11 attacks are Black Swan and we find new examples of Black Swans, such as Lionel Messi. On the other hand we determine that World War II and 1987 Black Monday are not Black Swans. Finally, we apply these techniques to possible future events, being able to determine how large they should be in order to be classified as really ''unexpected'' and so to fall in the category of Black Swans. For example, a pandemic should kill almost 6 billion people in order to be a Black Swan, while no fluctuation of the Dow Jones index, no matter how large, could be totally unexpected. 
Giovanni Di Fresco  Università degli studi di Palermo, Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica "E. Segrè". Group of Interdisciplinary Theoretical Physics.
Induce compatibility in multiparameter metrology through criticality.
It is known that manybody systems near a quantum phase transition (QPT) exhibit several properties which makes them appealing for metrological purposes. Indeed, it is now well established and widely used that the divergences of the quantum Fisher information observed near a QPT can be used to increase the precision in the estimation of a parameter. Meanwhile, when it comes to the simultaneous estimation of multiple parameters, the benefits of criticality are much harder to analyze due to possible incompatibilities arising from the Heisenberg uncertainty. This involves the use of quite convoluted quantities, as the HolevoCramerRao bound, which are far from straightforward to evaluate in systems of interest. Here we study the quantumness (R), a scalar index, which provides an asymptotic bound on the compatibility of a metrological scheme. The advantage of this approach is that R can be easily evaluated once the Quantum Fisher information and the mean Uhmlann curvature are known. Moreover, a scaling analysis of R reveals that manybody criticalities generally improve the compatibility in a multiparameter framework. In fact, we show that the quantum critical point is a good place to look for compatibility. We corroborate these general statements with numerical simulations performed on some representative systems, such as Ising chain and XY chain, in which we find this positive criticality effects.

Francesco Di Maiolo  Parma University
QuantumClassical Hydrodynamic Approach to Molecular Dynamics in Out of Equilibrium Environments
The description of quantum molecular dynamics as influenced by a polarizable and dynamically evolving environment is critical to understand the nature of various physical processes, from solvation phenomena to photobiological processes in protein environments, and transport of charge carriers and excitons in nanostructures. Indeed, experimental molecular systems, S, are not closed systems due to the interaction with the surrounding environment, generically denoted the bath, B. Large effects on S dynamics can be expected depending on the nature of the environment as well as on the SB interaction strength. The typically used dielectric continuum picture for B [1,2] is likely to fail when dealing with nonequilibrium solvation effects. On the other hand, fully atomistic first principles quantum calculations are hardly feasible due to the large number of environmental degrees of freedom.
Against this background, we present the effect of a dynamic environment on a timeevolving molecular system, using the QuantumClassical Reduced Hydrodynamic (QCRH) approach [3]. In particular, the hydrodynamic formalism naturally describes density, current and heat transport phenomena. Accordingly, the QCRH theory can describe molecular relaxation in condensed dynamic phases, complementing typically used dielectric continuum models for the environment.[1,2] At present, we have extended the QCRH approach in order to deal with orientational solvation processes in chargetransfer phenomena, using a Maxwellian closure for the hydrodynamic hierarchy.
References
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[2] A. Klamt, G. Schüürmann, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2 799805 (1993)
[3] I. Burghardt, B. Bagchi, Chem. Phys. 329, 343356 (2006)

Tim Ehret  Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University
Compensation of phase errors in realistic quantum gates
We identify and investigate the occurrence and the control of phase errors in realistic realizations of elementary quantum gates. Our final goal is to propose robust experimental protocols for quantumerror correction, insensitive to static and dynamical phase fluctuations also during the pulses actually applied in the protocol. First results hint on the possibility of error compensation by interqubit interactions, additional phase correction pulses, or simply adapting the pulse parameters.

Giuseppe Fava  DiSAT  Uninsubria/Centre for NonLinear and Complex Systems  Uninsubria
Strong Casimirlike forces in flocking active matter
Flocking  the collective motion exhibited by certain active matter (AM) systems capable of spontaneously breaking their rotational symmetry  is a ubiquitous phenomenon,
observed in a wide array of different living systems and on an even wider range of scales. Examples range from fish schools and flocks of birds to bacteria colonies and cellular migrations, down to the cooperative behaviour of molecular motors and biopolymers at the subcellular level.
The bulk flocking state, as described by the celebrated Toner & Tu (TT) theory, is characterized by
a strongly fluctuating ordered phase endowed by longranged massless correlations. While our knowledge of the bulk behaviour of free collective motion is now fairly complete, at least when the surrounding fluid may be safely neglected (the socalled "dry approximation"), much less is known regarding the collective behaviour of confined flocking AM. This is a problem of great relevance for many experimental realizations with active colloids, where confinement by hard boundaries is practically unavoidable.
While it has been argued that the hydrodynamic bulk fluctuations should be left unchanged by the local interaction with hard boundaries confining the TT fluid in the direction(s) transversal to collective motion, little is known about the behaviour of fluctuations near such boundaries.
In the work I will work I describe for the first time genuinely longranged forces that arise confining flocking AM between flat reflecting boundaries  either elastic or inelastic  in the directions transversal to collective motion. Direct numerical simulations and analytical results show that nonequilibrium fluctuations induce an unusually strong Casimirlike force, characterized by a rather slow algebraic decay. I also argue that this behaviour, while directly controlled by an inhomogeneous density profile in the transversal direction, is ultimately related to the scaling of transversal velocity fluctuations with the confinement size L.

Giulia Fischetti  Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
A Deep Ensemble Learning Method for Automatic Classification of Multiplets in 1D NMR Spectra
Here, we present a novel supervised deep learning method to perform automatic detection and
classification of multiplets in onedimensional proton NMR spectra. The method consists of a probabilistic
deep learning approach based on an ensemble of deep convolutional neural networks.
The training set is composed of a large number of synthetic spectra containing classes of basic non
overlapping multiplets only.
All networks in the ensemble produce the same prediction for basic multiplets, while resonances not
represented in the training set cause arbitrary errors that differ across the networks. Therefore, high
output variance in the ensemble is an indicator of the presence of overlapping multiplets.
Being able to distinguish between basic and overlapping multiplets is a decisive stage. Together with
classification within different resonance categories, it helps to perform automated peak picking and
coupling constants extraction.
We show that our model can discriminate signal regions effectively and minimize classification errors
between different categories of resonances. Most importantly, we demonstrate that the network
generalizes remarkably well on real experimental proton NMR spectra.

Alessandro Galvani  SISSA
Critical geometry approach to continuum percolation
A geometrical conjecture based on the fractional Yamabe equation is applied to threedimensional percolation with objects placed continuously in space. By comparing the prediction of the order parameter profile with the result of simulations, we extract its critical exponent \eta with higher precision than previous methods.

Lorenzo Giambagli  University of Florence, University of Namur
Spectral Learning for Neural Networks
Deep Feedforward Neural Networks (NNs) play a central role in the Machine Learning field. They are usually trained in the space of nodes, by adjusting the weights of existing links via suitable optimization protocols. Recently a radically new approach has been proposed [Giambagli et al. Nature Communications 2021]. By anchoring the learning process to reciprocal space, the new targets of the optimization process are eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the transfer operators between layers.
Shifting the focus on such fundamental mathematical structures we have been able to understand the pivotal role they have in training and analyzing NNs.
Indeed, while seeking for a small subset of trainable variables capable of carrying out the training procedure, eigenvalues are what to look for [Chicchi et al. PRE 2022]. Indeed, their number scales linearly with the nodes inside the network, at variance with the quadratic scale of the connections. Choosing them as trainable parameters allows the optimizer to exploit the parallel adjustment of several randomly initialized weights, the ones underlined by the corresponding eigenvector, and therefore made their aftertraining interpretation possible.
Eigenvalues magnitude at the end of the training procedure, has been empirically and heuristically proven being a proxy of information handling across the network during the optimization process. Thanks to the establishment of a precise correspondence between nodes and eigenvalues a novel pruning procedure has been introduced. Remarkably, the nodes related with low magnitude eigenvalues can be removed without impacting significantly on the network performance; letting us implementing a novel spectral network compression algorithm [arXiv preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/2108.00940].

Roberto Grimaudo  Università degli Studi di Palermo
Axioninduced effective current resonantly activates Josephson junctions
In the last years the darkmatter detection has become a promising and fruitful research field. Josephson junctions (JJs) have been supposed to interact with axions, the hypothetical elementary particles proposed as a possible component of cold dark matter. Unexplained experimental effects on Josephson systems can be well justified on the basis of the axionJJ theory. This hypothesis, thus, has paved the way for the possibility of thinking of JJs as possible axion detectors. Here, we propose an axiondetection mechanism based on the measurable voltage drop induced in the JJ when the combined action of bias current and thermal fluctuations causes the JJ to switch from the superconducting to the resistive state. The analysis of the mean switching times (MSTs) reveals the occurrence of an axioninduced resonant activation phenomenon. The latter is characterized by a nonmonotonic behavior of the MST, with a minimum, versus the ratio of the axion energy to the Josephson plasma one. We demonstrate how this effect could be experimentally measured and exploited to probe the presence of the axion field through Josephsonbased experiments.

Luca Leuzzi  Istituto di Nanotecnologia, CNR
Statistical physics of random lasers: replica symmetry breaking and beyond
The experimental measure of the complete equilibrium distribution of the overlap in a replica symmetry breaking thermodynamic phase is a challenging objective since the introduction of the Parisi solution to the SherringtonKirkpatrick model. We tackle the problem on random laser statistical physics models. We first introduce a theory of multimode light amplification in random media. The leading model, derived from fundamental lightmatter interaction, is a phasor spinglass model with multimode modelocking couplings, undergoing an overall intensity constraint induced by gain saturation, i. e., a spherical complex multipspin model. Through analytic theoretical approaches, numerical simulations and experimental measurements we investigate random laser models, displaying properties such as a lasing phase transition, ergodicity breaking, glassiness at high power pumping, energy condensation, and nonlinear modelocking. Replica Symmetry Breaking theory allows to identify a laser critical point and a glassy regime in the high pumping regime. An intensity fluctuation overlap (IFO) parameter is introduced, measuring the correlation between intensity fluctuations of light waves. In meanfield fully connected spherical models the IFO can be proved to be in a onetoone correspondence with the Parisi overlap, and it allows to identify the laser transition and the high pumping glassy phase purely in terms of emission spectra data, the only data so far accessible in random laser experimental measurements. Though phasors configurations are not accessible, intensity configurations can, thus, be observed by means of emission spectra. Investigating pulsetopulse fluctuations in organic solid random lasers, indeed, the distribution of intensity fluctuation overlaps can be constructed and yields evidence of a transition to a glassy light phase compatible with a replica symmetry breaking. To bridge exact analytic results and coarsegrained experimental results numerical simulation of models of random lasers are presented. Going beyond the fully connected approximation, a realistic random lasers undergoes modelocking, similarly to the ordered multimode ultrafast lasers, though selfinduced rather than built with ad hoc nonlinear devices. The modelocking causes a dilution in the interaction network, with a consequent breakdown of energy equipartition among light modes that we observe both numerically and experimentally right atthe random laser transition point.
Essential biblio:
F. Antenucci, C. Conti, A. Crisanti, and L. Leuzzi, 2015. General Phase Diagram of Multimodal Ordered and Disordered Lasers in Closed and Open Cavities.Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 043901.
Antenucci, F., Crisanti, A. & Leuzzi, L. 2015. The glassy random laser: replica symmetry breaking in the intensity fluctuations of emission spectra. Sci. Rep. 5, 16792.
Ghofraniha N, Viola I, Di Maria F, Barbarella G, Gigli G, Leuzzi L, Conti C. 2015. Experimental evidence of replica symmetry breaking in random lasers. Nat. Commun. 6, 6058.
Gradenigo, G., Antenucci, F. and Leuzzi, L. 2020. Glassiness and lack of equipartition in random lasers: The common roots of ergodicity breaking in disordered and nonlinear systems. Phys. Rev. Research 2, 023399.
Antenucci, Lerario, Silva Fernandéz, De Marco, De Giorgi, Ballarini, Sanvitto, and Leuzzi, 2021. Demonstration of SelfStarting Nonlinear Mode Locking in Random Lasers. Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 173901.

Emanuele Locatelli  Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padova
Interplay between confinement, topology and selfpropulsion in active polymer systems
Active systems, due to the local breaking of equilibrium, allow for phenomena that their equilibrium counterparts cannot attain. This correspondence between microscopic local equilibrium breaking and the meso/macroscopic structure formation is a general feature that have been observed in diverse systems including bacteria and synthetic swimmers. A similar behaviour can be observed also in the case of polar active polymers, i.e. polymers made of active monomers whose activity is directed as the local tangent to the polymer
backbone. For example, a coiltoglobulelike transition takes place for isolated active chains in three dimension, highlighted by a marked change of the scaling exponent of the gyration radius[1]. Driven by the relevance of confinement and topology on the structural and dynamical properties of passive systems, we investigate the interplay between these latter and activity for tangentially active polymers. We show that, in the bulk, isolated rings display two different regimes at high enough activity: short rings tend to become "stiffer" and to assume a disklike conformation, whereas long rings collapse, forming tight structures that show the hallmarks of dynamical arrest[2]. Finally, when placed under confinement, suspensions of short active rings assemble in ordered phases [3].
References:
[1] V. Bianco, E. Locatelli, and P. Malgaretti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 217802 (2018).
[2] E. Locatelli, V. Bianco, and P. Malgaretti, under revision in Phys Rev. Lett.
[3] J.P. Miranda, E. Locatelli and C. Valeriani, in preparation

Riccardo Mannella  Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita` di Pisa
Mean field model of resting state cortical dynamics in prodromic phases of Alzheimer's disease
Authors: Lorenzo Gaetano Amato, Alberto Vergani, Michael Lassi, Riccardo Mannella, Alberto Mazzoni.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurological pathology constituting 60% of all cases of dementia. It affects both mesoscopic dynamics and macroscopic brain structures. Due to the degenerative nature of AD, finding the signatures of the risk of developing this pathology before its onset is a crucial step. Clinicians are interested in characterizing the AD prodromal phase (pAD), in which brain alterations are present without evident symptoms. Nowadays, there is no agreement on how pAD condition could be estimated from noninvasive recordings such as EEG. Herein, we propose a cortical mean field model able to characterize pAD stages in both dynamic and functional connectivity (FC) features, allowing a causal characterization of disease staging. We then validated EEG simulations against experimental recordings.
The cortical model used to simulate EEG signals is based on the The Virtual Brain platform (TVB). It comprises 76 Regions of Interest (ROIs), each described by a modified Jansen and Rit neural mass model. ROIs were connected with a standard TVB connectome modified with pAD pathophysiological constraints. EEG recordings are relative to four pAD subjects (two Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) and two Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)) and two healthy agematched controls. Signals were analyzed determining FC and Power Spectra Distribution (PSD). We then simulated EEG from the model and computed PSD and FC.
The model was able to capture the relevant features displayed by real data, i.e., I) increase of theta and beta band power in the SCD and MCI cases, II) reduction of alpha/delta power ratio in the MCI case, III) increase of alpha/delta power ratio in the SCD case. Moreover, the model successfully depicted the FC across pAD phases, with an overall FC increasing in both pathological stages, more evident in SCD.
Interestingly, we found the Randic Index, describing networks connectivity, to anticorrelate with network resilience to structural damage. This index links the FC state to the underlying structural pAD alterations, highlighting how functional connectivity behaves nonmonotonously during the disease course, with an initial increase being reversed by the progression of structural damage. This trend is confirmed by FCs derived from experimental data. As expected, the lower the index, the higher the FC, which is the proof that neuroplasticity can increase resilience and therefore FC in pAD.
This study paves the way for a subjectdependent, EEG based pAD model, that could determine the evolution of the disease when combined with noninvasive exams.

Giuliano Migliorini  Università degli Studi di Firenze
Multiplicative noise induced bistability and stochastic resonance
Stochastic resonance is a well established phenomenon which proves relevant for a wide range of applications and disciplinary contexts. The basic mechanism can be understood by considering a one dimensional bistable stochastic system, subject to a deterministic double well potential, and perturbed by an additive noise. In presence of a periodic forcing, by tuning properly the noise intensity, the dynamics of the system can be synchronized with the frequency of the forcing. In some physical contexts, as e.g. population dynamics at low copy number, bistability is induced by the nonlinear nature of the multiplicative noise. Is it possible to realize stochastic resonance in a system that displays bistability due to multiplicative noise? In this work we provide an affirmative answer to this question. To this end we set to study systems that are bistable only due to multiplicative noise, as revealed by their associated stationary probability distribution. A candidate model which enables for analytical progress to be made is in particular proposed. Working with reference to this case study, we elaborated on the conditions for the onset of the stochastic resonance mechanism. Moreover, a novel periodic regime is identified and thoroughly characterized. This latter stems for the subtle interplay between nonlinearities, as associated to both deterministic and stochastic terms. At odds with the traditional scenario, no lower bound exists for the frequencies which can be detected, at a given noise intensity.

Marco Pretti  CNR  Istituto Sistemi Complessi
Totally asymmetric simple exclusion process with local resetting
We study a totallyasymmetric simpleexclusion process with local resetting at the injection node and open boundary conditions.
We investigate the stationary state of the model, using both meanfield approximation and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, and identify three regimes, depending on the way the resetting rate scales with the lattice size.
The most interesting regime is the intermediateresetting one, where we find pure phases and phaseseparation phenomena, including a lowdensity/highdensity phase separation.
We discuss the density profiles, characterizing bulk regions and boundary layers, and nearestneighbour covariances, finding a remarkable agreement between meanfield and simulation results.
The steadystate phase diagram is mapped out analytically at the meanfield level, but we conjecture that it may be exact in the thermodynamic limit.

Leonardo Puggioni  Università di Torino
Giant vortex dynamics in confined bacterial suspension
We numerically study the effective dynamics of a dense suspension of elongated pusherlike microswimmers, described as a polar active fluid by the twodimensional TonerTuSwiftHohenberg equation, in a confined circular domain. We observe the transition from the isotropic mesoscale turbulent regime to a different one, characterized by large scale structures, if bacteria activity and aligning interactions are strong enough. We describe the features of these structures and how they are the resultant between the tendency to flocking and the instability responsible of active turbulence. We investigate the Eulerian properties of this regime, showing that the characteristics of these large vortices depend on intensity of aligning interactions, but also on confinement size, and demonstrating that this flow is qualitatively different from the ones already investigated. We also show that, because of the interaction with the wall, eventually the flocking tendency manages to prevail, giving rise to a new ordered phase, with some peculiar features reminiscing of the previous regime.

Leonardo Salicari  Università degli Studi di Padova, INFN sezione di Padova
Folding Kinetics of an Entangled Protein
Recently, a simple topological descriptor for polymers inspired by the linking number, called "Gaussian Entanglement" [1], was introduce to quantify the amount of backbone selfentanglement in protein native states. Remarkably, up to 32% of protein domains have a topologically entangled motif identified by this descriptor.
Using Molecular Dynamics within a coarsegrained, structurebased model we probe the folding kinetics of a small, twostate protein (Type III Antifreeze Protein RD1) having an entangled motif in its native state.
We observed that contacts related to the entanglement tend to form in the late stages of the folding, in agreement with the hypothesis [2] that entangled proteins evolved to postpone the formation of these contacts to keep under control the folding. Moreover, at low temperatures the entangled RD1 protein may populate a nontrivial kinetic compact intermediate characterized by the absence of the native entanglement, whereas a reference small and twostate protein (SH3 domain) maintains its twostate folding behavior. This kinetic intermediate highlights the profound influence an entangled native topology may have on the folding process.
[1] Baiesi, M. et al. Sci Rep 6, 33872 (2016)
[2] Baiesi, M., et al. Sci Rep 9, 8426 (2019)

Massimiliano Semeraro  Università degli Studi di Bari and INFN Bari
Work fluctuations in the harmonic Active OrnsteinUhlenbeck particle model
In recent years great interest arose in providing a thermodynamic description of Active Matter Systems, a class of nonequilibrium systems in which the single components transform energy into selfpropelled motion. A measure of how efficiently energy is transformed into self propulsion is represented by the Active Work performed by active particles, whose possible distribution singularities are the indication of Dynamical Phase Transitions (DPTs) [1]. Using the large deviation theory recently developed in [2] for quadratic functionals of stable GaussMarkov chains, the analytic expression of the scaled cumulant generating function (SCGF) of the Active Work for a single harmonically trapped Active OrnsteinUhlenbeck Particle can be obtained. In this talk I will then show the main steps of the calculation, describe the results and their limits into less complex systems and finally discuss the main physical implications. In particular, I will demonstrate that the SCGF is not steep in many physical situations. Through LegendreFenchel transform, this leads to rate functions with affine stretches associated to specific class of trajectories and signal of DPTs in our system.
[1] F. Cagnetta, F. Corberi, G. Gonnella and A. Suma, https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.158002
[1] M. Zamparo and M. Semeraro, arXiv:2204.08059

Luca Sesta  Politecnico di Torino
AMaLa: analysis of Directed Evolution experiments
Directed evolution experiments represent a tool to mimic the natural evolution process on a much shorter time scale. Starting from a unique sequence named wild type, some rounds of mutation and selection are performed, so to explore the fitness landscape around the ancestor sequence. In order to derive information about proteins structure and functionality, a subset of the rounds is sequenced, providing a set of multiple sequence alignments (MSA).
Standard inference approach such as Direct Coupling Analysis can be applied to infer an energy function, serving as a proxy of the related fitness. However, one could leverage the inherently dynamical nature of the underlying process to extract more accurate information. We proposed an inference method named AMaLa (Annealed Mutational approximated Landscape) which models the MSA related to different rounds as instances of a dynamical process.
We tested the performances of the method on actual experimental data, both for fitness reconstruction and contact prediction. Moreover, with the aid of extensive simulations, the potentialities and limitations of the method are analyzed.

Vittoria Sposini  University of Vienna
Detecting temporal correlations in hopping dynamics in LennardJones liquids
LennardJones mixtures represent one of the popular systems for the study of glassforming liquids. Spatio/temporal heterogeneity and rare (activated) events are at the heart of the slow dynamics typical of these systems. Such slow dynamics is characterised by the development of a plateau in the meansquared displacement (MSD) at intermediate times, accompanied by a nonGaussianity in the displacement distribution identified by exponential tails. As pointed out by some recent works, the nonGaussianity persists at times beyond the MSD plateau, leading to a Brownian yet nonGaussian regime and thus highlighting once again the relevance of rare events in such systems. Singleparticle motion of glassforming liquids is usually interpreted as an alternation of rattling within the local cage and cageescape motion and therefore can be described as a sequence of waiting times and jumps. In this talk, I will present a simple yet robust algorithm to extract jumps and waiting times from singleparticle trajectories obtained via Molecular Dynamics simulations. Moreover, I will discuss the presence of temporal negative correlations among waiting times, which becomes more and more pronounced when lowering the temperature.

Carlo Vanoni  SISSA and ICTP  Trieste
Melting and localization in the 2D quantum Ising model
We consider the nonequilibrium dynamics of the 2d quantum Ising model in the regime of strong ferromagnetic coupling. We study the dynamics of domain walls separating regions of reversed spin orientation. For many initial configurations we are able to map the problem to a fermionic chain, and show that at leading order there is an emergent integrability. The particular case of a large corner is investigated in details and we then discuss how integrability is broken when the ferromagnetic coupling is large but finite. We demonstrate that a symmetrybreaking longitudinal field gives rise to a robust ergodicity breaking in two dimensions, a phenomenon underpinned by Stark manybody localization of the emergent fermionic excitations of the interface. We give also some preliminary results for the case of a random longitudinal field, showing that the system always remains ergodic, but with slow dynamics.

Marco Zanchi  University of Milan
Predicting the failure of twodimensional silica glasses
Being able to predict the failure of materials based on structural information is a fundamental issue with enormous practical and industrial relevance for
the monitoring of devices and components. Thanks to recent advances in deep learning, accurate failure predictions are becoming possible even for strongly disordered solids, but the sheer number of parameters used in the process renders a physical interpretation of the results impossible. Here we address this issue and use machine learning methods to predict the failure of simulated two dimensional silica glasses from their initial undeformed structure. We then exploit Gradientweighted Class Activation Mapping (GradCAM)
to build attention maps associated with the predictions, and we demonstrate that these maps are amenable to physical interpretation in terms of topological defects and local potential energies. We show that our predictions can be transferred to samples with different shape or size than those used in training, as well as to experimental images. Our strategy illustrates how artificial neural networks trained with numerical simulation results can provide interpretable predictions of the behavior of experimentally measured structures.
FontClos, F., Zanchi, M., Hiemer, S. et al. Predicting the failure of twodimensional silica glasses. Nat Commun 13, 2820 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467022305301
