If you are able to read scientific literature, you shall get a very clear idea of our research browsing our List of publications.
For a lighter introduction, enjoy the small selection of topics collected here (but remember, there is more)
Quantum information


Randomness

Quantum phenomena are intrinsically unpredictable: we have taught it for decades in our undergraduate courses. So why are we still doing research on that?
What the undergraduate courses did not tell you, and is in fact a very recent question, is how much randomness can be extracted from measuring a quantum system. Besides, the idea of device-independent certification based on Bell inequalities makes it possible to guarantee that black boxes are really producing random numbers. This is strictly impossible with other random number generators: one can run only statistical tests, which won't be able to tell if the numbers are being created in a physical process or are being read from a pre-recorded list.
This is actually a big research area worldwide and within CQT, where Valerio is the lead PI of a research grant on these topics.

Quantum optics & thermodynamics


Quantum mirrors

The expression quantum device refers to a device that is used to manipulate or detect quantum systems. But what about devices that are themselves quantum? Think of one of the basic phenomena studied in quantum optics: the interaction of light trapped between two mirrors (i.e., in a cavity) and an atom suitably positioned inside the cavity. The atom and the light are quantum objects; the cavity is the quantum device, described classically. But recent experimental progress may soon lead to the possibility of creating "quantum mirrors". What physics do you expect then? Is light going to be trapped? What happens if these mirrors are then prepared in curious states with superposition, entanglement?
We have just started addressing some of these questions.





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