Call to accelerate Quantum Technologies across Europe

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Gunther H. Oettinger, and Minister of Economic Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Henk Kamp, today visited QuTech, a world-class institute building devices for Quantum Computers and Quantum Internet in Delft. The Commissioner and the Minister stated that action is needed to ensure Europe remains a world leader in Quantum Technology.

As competition in the field is becoming more intense globally (e.g. US and Asian competitors are actively investing), we must ensure that Europe’s innovators can translate scientific excellence into concrete applications and market results, thus offering Europe’s industry the opportunity to excel in the global sphere.

The community of researchers in Quantum Technologies is preparing a “Quantum Manifesto” describing a common European vision on how to maintain Europe’s world leadership in Quantum Technologies. The Manifesto should be ready for endorsement in May 2016. More details here.

The Applied Quantum Mechanics group @ UniMI fully supports this initiative and encourages all the members of the community and encourages everyone to endorse the Manifesto.


Nicola Lo Gullo joins AQM

Nicola Lo Gullo joined our group today with a post-doc position, funded by the QuProCS project (EU PROACTIVE H2020).

Nicola obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2013 at University College Cork. He has been a post-doc fellow at the Department of Physics of the University of Padova for three years.

Congratulations to Nicola and welcome aboard!

Talk by Roberto Osellame on Wed, March 23th

Roberto Osellame from Politecnico di Milano is visiting us during the afternoon of Wed, March 23th.

He will deliver a seminar at 2:30 PM, Aula Polvani 

Integrated quantum photonics in femtosecond-laser-written circuits

Quantum information concepts and ideas open new exciting perspectives in many applications, such as communications, computing, measurement science and sensing. Indeed, the unique properties of quantum mechanics can provide unprecedented security to cryptography, increase in sensitivity for sensing devices, exponential speed-up in computing and simulation of complex quantum systems. However, until recent years, severe limitations to the photonic realization of quantum experiments were imposed by the stability and size requirements of bulk optics. More recently, the exploitation of waveguide optics allowed robust operation and monolithic miniaturization, thus opening new perspectives for quantum experiments exploiting photonic qubits. Femtosecond laser micromachining is an ideal solution for the realization of such circuits in transparent dielectric media. Indeed, femtosecond laser pulses can be used as a “pen” to directly inscribe low-loss waveguides inside the substrate in three-dimensional geometry, thus allowing the fabrication of rather complex circuits integrated in a single chip. In this seminar I will review many examples of laser written circuits that enabled significant advances in quantum simulation, computing and cryptography.

Talk by Johannes Nokkala at AQM

Johannes Nokkala (University of Turku) will be visiting AQM from 14 to 18 March.

He will give a talk on Wednesday 16 March, 2 PM, at Auletta Ottica Quantistica (V piano LITA).

Johannes Nokkala (University of Turku)

Complex Quantum Networks as structured environments: engineering and probing

1st QuProCS meeting in Milan 8-10 March 2016

The first meeting of the EU consortium QuProCS will take place in Milan from 8 to 10 March 2016 at Sala Napoleonica, via S. Antonio 12, Milan. You can find the (draft) program here.

The venue is in the city centre and is a short walk from the Duomo (metro lines M1 and M3) and the Metro station Missori (line M3).

Some useful links:

Public city transport in Milan

From Malpensa Airport (MXP): Train to Milano Cadorna and then metro line M1 to Duomo or trainBus1 or Bus2 to Milano Centrale and then M3 to Duomo.

From Linate Airport (LIN)Bus to Piazza San Babila (digit 73 to search the route).

From Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY): Bus to Milano Centrale and then M3 to Duomo.

See the maps below for details. Milan local transport is also well documented on Google Maps (including timetables).

Map of conference site and directions for the venue (click on the image to enlarge):

Directions to QuProCS-Meeting


Map of the conference site and some hotels


Giacomo Tanzi’s talk

On February 17th, Wednesday, 12:00 AM in AQM room, (Department of Physics, LITA 5th floor).

Giacomo Tanzi Marlotti (Unimi PhD student) will deliver a seminar on a recent published research about quantum theoretical modeling of the properties of positronium atoms in small cavities. The title of the seminar is “A new insight on positronium confinement in nanoporous materials”.

Paolo Giorda’s talk

On Wednesday 21 October, 2PM AQM Room, Paolo Giorda (INRIM Torino) will be with us and deliver a talk entitled

Quantum effects in open systems dynamics and their roots in the Decoherent Histories Approach. An application to energy transfer processes in simple photosynthetic systems: the Quantum Recoil Avoiding effect and energy transfer efficiency.


Quantum Technology Lab – Dipartimento di Fisica – Università degli Studi di Milano