School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


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Dr Vincenzo Tamma

  • Qualifications: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Bari (April 2010), Ph.D. in Applied Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (May 2010)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Physics
  • Address: Building Burnaby 3QL, Burnaby Rd, Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 0239284 2452
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I obtained my Laurea (Master) in Physics at the University of Bari (Italy) in 2006, earning the BNC Research Award for my thesis research. The International Cooperation Program Award issued by the Italian Ministry of Research then allowed me to complete a joint Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 2010 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, U.S. and in Physics at the University of Bari.

My research was recognized with the “Giampietro Puppi Award” for the best Ph.D. thesis in Physics and Astrophysics in Italy in the academic years 2007-2009. After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship issued by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, I started to work in 2011 as a research scientist (later group leader and lecturer) at the Institute of Quantum Physics at Ulm University, Germany. In the summer of 2016, I was pleased to join the University of Portsmouth, U.K. 

Achievement and Recognition

• Rita Levi Montalcini” Program for Young Researchers 2013: selected among the top 50 researchers within all the areas of Natural, Mathematical, Political and Social Sciences
• U.S. Army Research Lab Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-11)
• Giampietro Puppi Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in Physics and Astrophysics in Italy during the academic years 2007/08 and 2008/09
• Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society honorary membership: selected from the top 10% of graduate students at University of Maryland in 2007-08
• BNC 2007 Research Award for the best Laurea (Master) graduates in Italy

Teaching Responsibilities

Over the past ten years, I have been teaching postgraduate classes in Quantum Information, Quantum Optics and Mathematical Methods in Physics, as well as undergraduate laboratories and introductory physics.


My research aims at achieving a deeper understanding of the fundamental physics at the interplay between quantum physics, quantum information, complexity theory, atomic physics and general relativity, as well as at boosting the real-world implementation of quantum-enhanced technologies for applications in quantum computation, quantum communication, simulation of complex quantum systems, high-precision sensing and imaging.


Research profile

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