Dipartimento di Fisica "A. Volta",
Universita' di Pavia, via A. Bassi 6,
I-27100 Pavia (ITALY)
email: maccone -at- qubit . it
activities and Interests |
Theoretical quantum optics and
I am a theoretical physicist, mainly interested in the study of
fundamental aspects and of practical applications of Quantum
Mechanics. My research activity has been chiefly devoted to quantum
optics, quantum theory of measurement and quantum information
theory. I am an associate professor at the University of Pavia
Some of the scientific interests I have recently pursued:
* Quantum parameter estimation: quantum positioning, quantum
metrology, interferometric tunability of the absorption, quantum
imaging, quantum illumination.
* Quantum foundations:
information-disturbance tradeoffs, quantum thermodynamics, quantum
descriptions of closed timelike curves, quantum reference frames.
* Quantum computation: quantum Random Access Memory, quantum
optical computation, quantum solution to the Ulam problem.
Quantum cryptography: secure database interrogation: the QPQ
cryptographic primitive, quantum cryptographic ranging, quantum
cryptographic protocol for the communication of reference frames.
* Quantum state reconstruction: theoretical analysis and proposal
of tomographic procedures for optical systems and systems with SU(1,1)
and SU(2) symmetries, contribution to generalized tomography,
application of quantum tomography to classical imaging.
Experimental proposals: Liouvillian superoperator measurement, optical
Schroedinger cat, optical Fock state synthesis-measurement.
Entanglement, uses: quantum clock synchronization with dispersion
cancellation, dynamical evolution of composite systems, conversion
between speakable and unspeakable information.
new sources: difference-beam state.
* Quantum-channel capacities:
entanglement assisted capacity of bosonic channels, classical capacity
of bosonic and Gaussian channels, waveguide capacity, ultimate limits
to channel capacity, decoding schemes for achieving the classical
* Numerical simulations: Monte-Carlo simulations of
laser master and Fokker Plank equations, Monte-Carlo simulations of
numerous tomographic schemes.
* Clock synchronization: conveyor
belt clock synchronization protocol, limits to synchronization
in the presence of decoherence.
* Divulgation of Quantum
| Institutional and Professional Service
From September 2010: Associate professor at the
Universita' di Pavia.
June 2010-September 2010: Faculty Guest at the Los
Alamos National Laboratories
June 2009-June 2010: Visiting scientist at the Research
Laboratory of Electronics at MIT.
Visiting scientist at the ISI (Institute for Scientific
Interchange) in Torino.
From December 2004: 4 year
position as a Contract professor in Pavia University,
teaching the course of Quantum optics and the part on Quantum
Mechanics foundations in the course of Foundations of Physics
(formerly Epistemology of Physics).
March 2004-December 2004: Postdoctoral Associate in QUIT,
the Quantum Information theory group of Pavia University.
November 2000-January 2004: Postdoctoral Associate in the
Research Laboratory of Electronics of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) in the groups of Prof. J. H. Shapiro and Prof. S.
Lloyd. This position was renewed three times: in November 2001,
November 2002, and November 2003.
January 2000-November 2000: Postdoctoral fellowship for the
PAIS project in the Quantum Optics and Information Group in Pavia
September 1996-December 13, 1999: Ph.D. in Physics
(theoretical physics) in Pavia under the supervision of
Prof. G. M. D'Ariano. Thesis ``Quantum tomography: methods and
applications'', in which the theory and various applications of
quantum state reconstruction techniques are analyzed.