Guest speakers

We are happy to host professors, accademics and other prominent figures working with light and light-based technologies. Here you can find the profiles of some of them (constantly updated).

  • Prof. Oliver Morsch
    CNR/INO and Università degli Studi di Pisa

    Oliver Morsch obtained a PhD degree from Oxford University and, since 2003, has carried out his research on cold atoms at the National Institute of Optics (INO) and the University of Pisa, where he teaches Quantum Computation. For more than twenty years he has also written on scientific topics for several newspapers and magazines, and he has published three popular science books.

    A whistle-stop tour of quantum physics and quantum technologies

  • Prof. Alessandro Tredicucci
    Università degli Studi di Pisa

    Alessandro Tredicucci is full professor of condensed matter physics at the Physics Department of Pisa University since 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Scuola Normale Superiore (1997), and was previously at Bell Labs, SNS, and CNR.
    He is well known for having pioneered the field of THz quantum cascade lasers and intersubband polaritons. His activity is now also focused on graphene photonics and THz optomechanics. He has co-authored more than 230 articles (h-index is 56), holds 16 international patents, and has given more than 100 conference invited talks.
    He's the recipient of several awards, among which the Occhialini Medal of the Institute of Physics / Società Italiana di Fisica and the Nick Holonyak Jr award of the Optical Society of America, of which he's also Fellow. He is presently Associate Editor of Applied Physics Letters.

    Terahertz quantum cascade lasers: what way forward?

  • Prof. Leonardo Fallani
    Università degli Studi di Firenze & LENS

    Leonardo Fallani is Professor of Physics at University of Florence (Italy) and Research Associate of LENS European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy. His research experience is in the field of experimental atomic and optical physics, in particular on the topics: laser cooling, high-precision spectroscopy, ultracold quantum gases, disordered atomic systems, many-body atomic physics. At University of Florence he is leading a research group studying new approaches for quantum simulation with ultracold two-electron fermions, merging many-body physics and metrological techniques of quantum control. He has been author of >60 publications on international journals and books, and invited speaker at >60 international conferences. In 2015 he was awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the investigation of topological states of matter with synthetic ultracold systems.

    Steering quantum matter with light: an introduction to laser cooling and ultracold quantum physics

  • Prof. Anna Vinattieri
    Università degli Studi di Firenze & LENS

    Anna Vinattieri is Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and member of the European Laboratory of Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS). Her main research activity concerns high spatial and temporal resolution optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures. She has more than 180 publications on international journals.

    Light Engineering in New Materials

    Download the talk's slides

  • Prof. Giovanni Modugno
    Università degli Studi di Firenze

    Giovanni Modugno graduated cum laude from Univerity of Firenze, and obtained his PhD degree in Physics (1999) from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Since 20 years, he likes to study fundamental quantum mechanical phenomena through experiments in ultracold atomic gases, at the University of Florence and at CNR in Pisa. His most recent interests focus on liquid quantum droplets and on an exotic form of matter, the supersolid.

    Ultracold quantum gases: a window on the physics of quantum materials

    Download the talk's slides

  • Dr. Lucia Gardini
    CNR INO and Università degli Studi di Firenze

    Dr Lucia Gardini, PhD is researcher at INO- National Institute of Optics, National Research Council. She has been working in the field of microscopy and optics applied to proteins and cellular biology since 2011. She has longstanding experience in the design and fabrication of advanced microscopes, with particular application to single-molecule fluorescence imaging and super-resolution microscopy.

    Single-molecule microscopy

    Download the talk's slides