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Quantum Photonics in solid state devices

Predoctoral School

8 - 12 April, 2024 Lecce, Italy

About the school

The school will run for 5 days, starting from Monday, April 8th, and concluding on Friday, April 12th 2024. Our schedule consists of morning theory classes followed by afternoon experimental sessions. During the school, we will be offering comprehensive services that include daily breakfast, lunches, and accommodation for participants. We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic students for an enriching learning experience.

The school is a gateway to the fascinating realm of quantum photonics in solid-state devices. Whether you're an undergraduate or recent graduate, our program is designed to provide you with essential knowledge, laying the foundation for an exciting Ph.D. course in this cutting-edge field. The program is dedicated to exploring light-matter interactions at the quantum scale, covering a wide range of physics concepts from Bose-Einstein condensation to quantum fluids of light, with a focus on the behaviour of atoms, photons, and polaritons.

What sets "quantum photonics in solid-state devices" apart is our interdisciplinary approach. We integrate theoretical understanding with hands-on experimentation and programming, encouraging students to delve into the intricacies of quantum systems. In our state-of-the-art laboratories, students collaborate with distinguished researchers who are not only experts in their respective fields but also passionate mentors dedicated to nurturing the next generation of quantum scientists.

Applications will be carefully reviewed, and a maximum of 50 students will be selected based on the information provided and the accompanying references.

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Lecce, renowned for its rich historical heritage and stunning architecture, provides the perfect backdrop for an immersive learning experience. The experimental sessions will take place at the state-of-the-art facilities of the CNR Institute of Nanotechnology.


Students will receive complimentary accommodation starting from Sunday, April 7th, and extending through Friday, April 12th. You will be staying at the charming Arryvo Hotel, located in Lecce's historical center.

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Organised by

  • Iacopo Carusotto (CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica)
  • Alessandro Tredicucci (Universita di Pisa)
  • Salvatore Savasta (Universita degli Studi di Messina)
  • Dario Gerace (Universita di Pavia)
  • Milena De Giorgi (CNR Nanotec, Istituto di Nanotecnologia)
  • Daniele Sanvitto (CNR Nanotec, Istituto di Nanotecnologia)
  • Simone De Liberato (CNR-IFN and University of Southampton)
  • Dario Ballarini (CNR Nanotec, Istituto di Nanotecnologia)
  • Dimitrios Trypogeorgos (CNR Nanotec, Istituto di Nanotecnologia)
  • Alessandra Lanotte (CNR Nanotec and INFN, Lecce)


  • Alessandro Tredicucci (Universita di Pisa): Photon statistics and photon counting
  • Daniele Bajoni (Universit√† di Pavia): Qubits and their implementation in photonics
  • Christophe Jurczak (CEO of Quantonation - Venture Fund): Investing in the Quantum Future : State of Play and Way Forward for Quantum Venture Capital and Startups
  • Iacopo Carusotto (CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica): Quantum fluids of light
  • Simone De Liberato (CNR-IFN and University of Southampton): Light-matter interaction of excitons in nanostructures
  • Dario Gerace (Universita di Pavia): Models of photonic quantum computing
  • Salvatore Savasta (Universita degli Studi di Messina): From Rabi to Jaynes-Cummings models

Laboratory activities

  • Vincenzo Ardizzone, Milena De Giorgi (CNR Nanotec): Micro-photoluminescence of quantum dots
  • Francesco Todisco, Laura Polimeno (CNR Nanotec): Nanofabrication and processing of photonic devices
  • Antonio Gianfrate, Dimitrios Trypogeorgos (CNR Nanotec): Polariton Bose-Einstein condensation in semiconductor waveguides
  • Daniele De Bernardis (CNR-INO, Firenze), Alberto Mercurio (EPFL, Lausanne): Introductory python tutorial to qutip: the quantum optics numerics toolbox

To reach CNR-NANOTEC from Lecce (approximately 6km away), take Bus S13. You can check the bus timetable here.

The closest bus stop to CNR-NANOTEC is the first one upon entering the University Campus Ecotekne. From there, it's just a few minutes' walk to reach CNR-NANOTEC (see map). Tickets can be purchased online through the TicketAppy app.

If you have any questions drop us an email.