Team

Prof. Fabio Sciarrino
Group Leader
fabio.sciarrino[at]uniroma1.it

Full Professor – Dipartimento di Fisica
Deputy Rector for International Competitive Research Strategies – Sapienza Università di Roma
Senior fellow and Deputy Director – Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati Sapienza (SSAS)

Fabio Sciarrino is Full Professor at the Physics Department, Deputy Rector for International Competitive Research Strategies of the University of Rome Sapienza and Senior Research Fellow at the International School for Advanced Studies Sapienza, SSAS. He is Principal Investigator of the Quantum Information Lab, Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome (www.quantumlab.it). His main expertise is experimental quantum optics, computation and quantum information, and foundations of quantum mechanics. In recent years his research activity has focused on the implementation of quantum information protocols via integrated photonic circuits. He has received several awards, including the “Le Scienze per la Fisica” Medal together with the “Medal of the Presidency of the Republic”, the “Sapio Junior Award for Italian Research”. He is author of more than 150 publications in international journals (with more than 25 publications on Nature and Science journals) and over 150 invited presentations to national and international conferences. He teaches the Optical Laboratory (3rd year Bachelor’s Degree in Physics) and Quantum Information (2nd year Master’s Degree in Physics).

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SpagnoloDr Nicolò Spagnolo
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
nicolo.spagnolo[at]uniroma1.it

Nicolò Spagnolo graduated in 2008 at the Sapienza Università di Roma. In 2012 he received his PhD with a thesis on the generation, manipulation, and characterization of multiphoton quantum optical states, with applications in fundamental tests of quantum mechanics and in quantum information protocols. His research activities have been focused on the experimental implementation of multiphoton quantum information and quantum simulations protocols with different photonic platforms. In particular, in the last few years he has carried out research on multiparameter estimation, and on implementation of Boson Sampling instances and their validation.

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Dr Mariana R. Barros
Post-doc
marianarodriguesbarros[at]gmail.com

Mariana R. Barros graduated in 2008 at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 2010 she received her master’s degree from the same University and, in 2015, she received her doctorate degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with an internship at the Université Paris Diderot -Sorbonne Paris Cité. She worked as a research assistant at National University of Singapore in 2010 and, after her Phd, she worked as a post-doctorate researcher at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2017 – 2018) and at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (2018 – 2019). She has experience in Physics, focusing on Quantum Optics, acting on the following subjects: Quantum Information, Modular Variables, Quantum Computation, Parametric Down Conversion and Integrated Quantum Optics.

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Dr Gonzalo Carvacho 
Post-doc
gonzalo.carvacho[at]uniroma1.it

Gonzalo Carvacho graduated in 2014 at the University of Concepción. In 2017 he received his PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma with a thesis on “Multiphoton hybrid systems and their applications in quantum information and quantum communication”. After his PhD, he has been working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Quantum Information Lab. His research activities have been focused on foundational and practical implications of quantum causality with different photonic platforms.

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Dr Valeria Cimini
Post-doc
valeria.cimini[at]uniroma1.it

Valeria Cimini received her Master degree in Physics in July 2016 at Sapienza Università di Roma. She did her PhD at the University of Roma Tre in the New Quantum Optics group under the supervision of Prof. Barbieri. She is currently working on Quantum Metrology projects. During her PhD she worked on the implementation of machine learning algorithms for the characterization of quantum states and for the self-calibration of quantum photonic sensors. Her studies were also focused on a more fundamental aspect concerning the wave function collapse during the measurement process.

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Dr Taira Giordani
Post-doc
taira.giordani[at]uniroma1.it

Currently working on photonic devices for the implementation of boson sampling and its validation methods. She graduated in Nov 2016 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

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Dr Davide Poderini
Post-doc
davide.poderini[at]uniroma1.it

Davide Poderini received his master’s degree in 2017 at the Sapienza Università di Roma. During his Ph.D. he worked mainly in the field of causal inference and causal violations in quantum systems, both from a fundamental and technological point of view. Currently his research activities are still focused on causality, and in particular in the experimental realization of photonic platforms for fundamental tests and for quantum communication protocols.


Dr Emanuele Polino
Post-doc
emanuele.polino[at]uniroma1.it

He graduated in November 2016 at the Sapienza Università di Roma and obtained the PhD in February 2020. Currently working on photonic technologies for quantum foundations studies and quantum information tasks.  In particular he worked on: fundamental tests on wave-particle duality of photons, study of nonlocality in different quantum networks, quantum metrology protocols, generation, transmission and measurement of quantum states of light carrying Orbital Angular Momentum, and realization of entangled photons sources. 

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Dr Mauro Valeri
Post-doc
mauro.valeri[at]uniroma1.it

In 2017, Mauro Valeri received his master’s degree at the University of Rome La Sapienza. Then, he did his PhD in the Quantum Information Lab, where he is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher. The experience in this group involves the use of advanced photonic platforms to study the fields of Quantum Metrology, Quantum Communication and Cryptography. He has participated in the realization of entangled photon sources, entanglement distribution within complex systems, the creation of a free-space channel between distant buildings employed for the distribution of a quantum key, the development of quantum photonic sensors, and machine learning techniques to improve accuracy in optical single- and multi-phase estimation problems. 

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Giuliana Pensa
Project manager
giuliana.pensa[at]uniroma1.it

Project manager of the team’s EU projects FET-OPEN PHOQUSING (2020-2024), ERC ADVANCED GRANT QU-BOSS (2020-2025) and FET-OPEN CANCER SCAN (2019-2024).
Previously, project manager of the EU project Marie Curie Initial Training Network PICQUE (2013-2017) and of the EU FET-ProActive project QUCHIP  (2015-2018), both coordinated by the University of Rome La Sapienza, and of the EU FET project PHORBITECH, coordinated by the University of Naples Federico II.


PhD students

Chiara Esposito
3rd year PhD student
c.esposito[at]uniroma1.it

Currently working on a test for genuine multi-photon indistinguishability for boson sampling applications. She graduated in May 2018 at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”.

Alessia Suprano
3rd year PhD student
alessia.suprano[at]uniroma1.it

Currently working on quantum optics for implementation and exploitation of quantum walks in the orbital angular momentum degree of freedom of photons.  She graduated in October 2018 at Sapienza Università di Roma.

Francesco Hoch
2nd year PhD student
francesco.hoch[at]uniroma1.it

Currently working on integrated photonic chip, focusing on new automatic characterization and new control method.  He graduated in October 2019 at the Università of Pisa.

Alessandro Laneve
2nd year PhD student
alessandro.laneve
[at]uniroma1.it

Currently working on quantum optics, focusing on the theoretical and experimental analysis of super-diffusive processes by all-optical implementation of Quantum Walks. He graduated in October 2019 at the Sapienza Università di Roma.

Beatrice Polacchi
1st year PhD student
polacchi.1713287@studenti.uniroma1.it

She graduated in October 2020 at Sapienza Università di Roma under the supervision of prof. Fabio Sciarrino, with a thesis entitled “Experimental robust self-testing of the state generated by a quantum network”. Currently working on quantum causality for the design and experimental implementation of device-independent protocols, to investigate the presence of non-local correlations within different quantum network topologies.

Danilo Zia
1st year PhD student
zia.1699281[at]studenti.uniroma1.it

Currently investigating the applications of quantum walk dynamics in the orbital angular momentum degree of freedom of the photons using machine learning techniques. He graduated in October 2020 at Sapienza Università di Roma.


milaniGiorgio Milani
Technician
giorgio.milani[at]uniroma1.it

Technician responsible for the security measures of the Quantum Information Lab.


Undergraduate students

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Lorenzo Carosini

Luca Castello 

Mariagrazia Iuliano

Denis Stanev


Former members

Dr Iris Agresti
Iris Agresti graduated in November 2016 at Sapienza Università di Roma and, during her PhD program, which she finished in February 2020, she won a scholarship for a 3 months secondment, which she spent in the Quantum Information Theory group of prof. Antonio Acìn (ICFO, Barcelona). During her Post-Doc she worked on photonic technologies for quantum information processing tasks and quantum computation. In particular she worked on: quantum machine learning techniques for Boson Sampling validation and for the approximation of quantum state tomography; quantum causality for the design and experimental implementation of device-independent protocols, aimed to the study of quantum foundations as well as to more applicative tasks, as secure random numbers generation, and superposition of causal orders. 

Dr Andrea Geraldi
Andrea Geraldi graduated in October 2017 at Sapienza Università di Roma and he finished his PhD program in March 2021. Besides, he won a post-doc position in the Quantum Information Lab. During his PhD he spent four months in the Integrated Quantum optics group at University of Paderborn, headed by Christine Silberhorn. During his Post-Doc he studied particle propagation in a quantum walk scenario, with a particular focus on the disordered evolution, which was intimately linked to the description of the movement of energy excitation in the matter. He also studied how quantum correlation of two indistinguishable particles affect the evolution of the particles, with possible applications to quantum information tasks such as metrology. He also focused on the quantum state discrimination problem, which was a fundamental building block of quantum cryptography, by investigating novel techniques aimed at lowering the amount of resources needed to perform such a task.

mario-ciampiniDr Mario Arnolfo Ciampini
Currently working at Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information in Vienna, he received his PhD in Sapienza. His activity as post-doc in Sapienza Università di Roma focused on developing quantum information and simulation protocols using path-polarization hyperentangled photons, focused in particular on quantum thermodynamics and cluster state manipulation and analysis.

BentivegnaDr Marco Bentivegna
Currently working as Associated Editor of Nature Commincations, he received his PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma with a thesis on Boson Sampling. His activity as post-doc in Sapienza primarly focused  on the use of integrated optical circuits for investigation of quantum information protocols and quantum simulation.

Fulvio Flamini

Dr Fulvio Flamini
Currently working as PostDoc in the University of Innsbruck, he received his PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma with a thesis on Implementation of integrated photonic experiments towards scalable quantum technologies. His activity as post-doc in Sapienza focused on the development of photonic technologies for quantum simulation and quantum communication protocols.

RabDr Syed Adil Rab
Currently working in Quantum Modelling at Cogisen, he received his PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma as Marie Curie ITN fellow working on integrated photonic devices for quantum information and simulation experiments with use of quantum walks techniques, with parallel work in quantum sensing with superconducting single photon detectors.

Niko ViggianielloDr Niko Viggianiello
Currently working as Biology Application Specialist at Crisel Instruments srl, he received his PhD  in Sapienza Università di Roma working on on quantum optics, quantum information and integrated photonics. Focusing on topics dealing with validation of quantum information algorithms and benchmark speed-up protocols able to study the limits of quantum computational supremacy.

Dr Vincenzo D’Ambrosio
Currently working as Researcher in the University of Naples “Federico II”, he received his PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma with a thesis on Photonic high dimensional systems and their applications in fundamental quantum mechanics, quantum information and quantum communication. His activity as post-doc in Sapienza primarily focused on the orbital angular momentum of light and its applications in quantum information and communication.

Dr Chiara Vitelli
Currently working at Italian Power Exchange, she received her PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma. Her activity as post-doc primarily focused on integrated optical circuits for investigation of quantum information protocols and quantum simulation.

Dr Linda Sansoni
Currently working as school professor in Italy. Her activity as post-doc primarily focused on integrated optical circuits, quantum foundations and quantum information protocols.

Dr Eleonora Nagali
Currently working as Policy Officer at EU Agency of the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, she received her PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma and her activities as post-doc primarily focused on the orbital angular momentum of light and its applications in quantum information and communication.   

Dr Alvaro Cuevas Seguel
Currently working as PostDoctoral Researcher at ICFO-institut de ciencies fotoniques, he received his PhD in Sapienza Università di Roma with a thesis on Polarization and frequency entanglement for experiments in bulk and integrated optic. His activities as Post-doc primarily focused on experimental observation of non-markovianity and its applications in quantum information protocols.

Dr Ilaria Gianani
Currently working as research fellow on Quantum Optics and Metrology at University of Roma Tre, she received her DPhil from Oxford University. Her research as a post-doc in Sapienza focused mainly on quantum metrology and the study of structured light in dispersive media. 


Former master students

Francesco Andreoli
Flavio
Baccari
Anita Camillini
Innocenzo De
 Marco
Valerio Di Giulio

Andres F. Duran Hernandez
Sabrina Emiliani
Francesco Graffitti
Luca Innocenti
Ludovico Latmiral
Alessandro Lumino
Lorenzo Magrini
Michele Mancusi
Guglielmo Marchese
Valerio Muredda
Matteo Pompili
Giulia Rubino
Marco Romano
Luca Santodonato
Raffaele Silvestri
Mattia Verducci
Enrico Vignola