Marco Liscidini

received the Ph.D degree in physics from the University of Pavia (Italy) 2006, with a dissertation entitled "Nonlinear optical properties of planar microcavities and photonic crystal slabs". From 2007 to 2009, he was Post-Doctoral Fellow in the group of Prof. J. E. Sipe at the Department of Physics of the University of Toronto, Canada. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Pavia, and he serves as technical advisor to Xanadu Quantum Technologies Inc, Toronto, Canada. His research activity is focused on the theoretical study and modelling of the light-­matter interaction in micro-­ and nano­structures. He works in several areas of photonics, including classical and quantum nonlinear optics, spontaneous emission, plasmon and QW-exciton polaritons, optical sensing and bio-sensing, and photovoltaic effects. His theoretical research activity is in strong collaboration with experimental groups and in the framework of national, European, US, and Canadian research programs. (Download CV)

PhD Candidates

Nicola Bergamasco

(B.Sc. Pavia 2012, M.Sc. Pavia 2016) His master project has been focused on the design and optimization of integrated quantum photonic circuits for the generation and manipulation of Greenberger–Horne–Zeilinger states. During his PhD, he will continue to work on the generation of nonclassical light in integrated devices via parametric fluorescence, either spontaneous parametric down down conversion or spontaneous four-wave mixing, focusing on the generation of multipartite states and squeezed states.

Tommaso Perani

(B.Sc. Pavia 2014, M.Sc. Pavia 2018) His master project dealt with the design and optimization of Bloch Surface Waves resonators. This approach to light confinement aims at the development of new scientific and technological knowledge, by introducing substantial innovation in the field of applied photonics. During his PhD, he will work on the generation of nonclassical light exploiting the enhancement of the light-matter interaction due to light confinement in photonic micro- and nano- structures.

Luca Zatti

(B.Sc Pavia 2017, M. Sc. Pavia 2019) is working on the generation and manipulation of nonclassical states of light via spontaneous four-wave mixing in integrated quantum photonic circuits. This work is mainly focused on the design and optimization of new geometries to improve the generation efficiency and suppress unwanted parasitic processes.

Master Students

Jacopo Piantanida Chiesa

(B. Sc. Pavia 2019) His thesis project deals with the use of machine learning algorithms for investigate quantum states. His goals is developing effective and practical approaches for characterization non classical states of light generated by parametric fluorescence in integrated photonic structures.



Alice Viola

Undergraduate student

(B.Sc. Pavia 2020) Her undergraduate project dealt with the study of the numerical solution of the Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation and its use in quantum mechanics and photonics. She implemented the split-step method for the numerical solution of this equation and study the nonlinear propagation of a pulse in optical fibers, including the existence of bright and dark solitons.

Daniele Aurelio

PhD student

(B.Sc. Pavia 2010, M.Sc. Pavia 2015, Ph. D Pavia 2019). His Master thesis dealt with the analysis and optimization of light confinement in planar dielectric structures. In particular, he focused on guided modes in slab waveguides and Bloch surface waves (BSWs) in periodic multilayers. The goal of his PhD was understanding 3D light confinement using BSW for several applications ranging from optical sensing to the enhancement of the light-matter interaction at the fundamental level. 

Matteo Menotti

PhD student

(B.Sc. Pavia 2011, M.Sc. Pavia 2014, Ph.D. 2018) His Master thesis, entitled "Optical Resonators Based on Bloch Surface Waves", deals with confined modes in dielectric structures supporting surface states. His Ph.D. dissertation is focused on the theoretical study and modeling of the light-­matter interaction in micro-­ and nano­structures, mainly related to the generation of non-classical states of light via parametric fluorescence in various integrated and non-integrated photonic systems.

Emma Lomonte

Master student

(B.Sc. Pavia 2016 M.Sc. 2018) worked on design and fabrication of an integrated photonic device for the generation of photon pairs by spontaneous four waves mixing. In particular, the main goal was developing and studying innovative solutions to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in pair generation. The experimental part of this project has been carried on in collaboration with Prof. Wolfram Pernice at University of Münster (Germany), where Emma is now Ph.D student.

Federico Andrea Sabattoli

Master student

(B.Sc. Pavia, 2015, M.Sc. 2017) His master thesis, which deals with the design and characterization of an integrated photonic chip (SOI) fabricated in collaboration with INPHOTEC centre in Pisa, where he attended a course about integrated photonics. The goal of the project has been the realization of a non-linear interferometer based on Four Wave Mixing in silicon waveguides: similar devices were developed in the framework of quantum optics application. Here the goal is to demonstrate that the same result can be obtained using classical light. The experimental part of this work has been done under the supervision of Prof. Matteo Galli. Federico is currently Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pavia

Hajar Kaviani

Visiting student

(B.Sc. Kashan, Iran 2006, M.Sc. Tabriz, Iran 2009) Her Master thesis, entitled "Study of quantum dots nano-structural shape effects on electronic structure”, investigates the dependence of electronic states and wave function of InAs/ GaAs quantum dots on shape and size variation. She has been PhD student in Physics-electronic and Solid State at University of Tabriz (Iran) and studies biosensors based on Bloch surface waves in one-dimensional photonic crystals.

Zachary Vernon

Visiting student

(Hons. B.Sc. Physics, University of Toronto, 2012, Ph.D. 2017) got a PhD in quantum optics theory at the University of Toronto in the group of Prof. John Sipe. In 2016 he visited our group in Pavia for four months as part of an ongoing collaboration. His thesis was focused on the generation and control of nonclassical light using micro resonators, with special attention paid to the role of losses on entangled photon pair and heralded single photon generation. He also worked on strongly driven quantum nonlinear photonics, such as quantum frequency conversion and strong coupling of photonic modes.

Viola Introini

Master student

(B.Sc. Pavia 2013, M. Sc. Pavia 2015) has just defended her Master thesis, which is focused on the theoretical study and modelling of the generation of non-classical states of light by parametric fluorescence. In particular, she has been working on novel structures and geometries to enhance and control the generation of two-photon states by spontaneous parametric down-conversion.




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