I am a Reader and Group Leader in Physics.
I received my Masters degree in physics from University of Bari in 2006 (graduating Summa cum Laude and earning the BNC Research Award for my thesis research).
I received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Bari and in Applied Physics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2010 under the International Cooperation Program Award awarded by the Italian Ministry of Research (Ph.D. advisor, Prof. Yanhua Shih).
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 moved as a group leader and lecturer to the Institute of Quantum Physics at Ulm University, Germany directed by Prof. Wolfgang Schleich, before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2016.
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.
As an example, my work on multi-photon correlation interferometry has led to applications in quantum information and sensing with several experiments developed in three different continents. Furthermore, the first experimental realisation of Bose-Einstein-condensate interference in microgravity (QUANTUS collaboration) paved the way to the first quantum tests of general relativity in space.