Alexia Auffèves is a researcher working at the Néel Institute of Grenoble, France. Under the supervision of Serge Haroche, she completed her Ph.D. in experimental physics at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, where she prepared Schrödinger-cat states of light. In 2005, she assumed a position at the CNRS in the field of quantum optics with semiconductors. Since then, she has shifted her focus to theory. Her current fields of interest include quantum optics, quantum open systems, the foundations of quantum physics and quantum thermodynamics.