Chaired and organised by Dr Vincenzo Tamma.

The advent of the second quantum revolution continues to trigger worldwide the development of quantum technologies providing strategic capabilities for the security, health and wellbeing of our society. This workshop will address quantum and quantum-inspired technologies for high-precision sensing and imaging toward biomedical, health, security, environmental applications as well as fundamental tests at the cross-over between quantum mechanics and general relativity, including gravitational wave detection.

Taking place 20-21 March 2019.  Tickets can be bought through the University online store.

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Giuliano Scacelli

Professor Giuliano Scarcelli, University of Maryland, US

Exploiting fundamental properties of light and light-matter interactions for biomedical imaging.

Prof. Giuliano Scarcelli is an international expert in optical sciences and technology development for biomedical applications. He obtained his PhD in quantum optics from UMBC and then was at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Harvard Medical School for eight years, from postdoc to assistant professor, before joining the Bioengineering department of the University of Maryland College Park.  Prof. Scarcelli will speak about three topics investigated in his lab where fundamental studies of light-matter interactions are exploited for biomedical applications. First, in Brillouin microscopy, interactions between photons and acoustic phonons provide label-free mapping material stiffness, with applications in ocular diagnostics and tumor biology. Second, the properties of multiple scattering inside turbid media are exploited to demonstrate high resolution microscopy behind thick tissues. Finally, in ghost imaging, the correlation properties of light are exploited to image remote objects without direct interaction with the light measured by the imaging camera, which could have applications in the x-ray regime and plenoptic imaging.

Paolo FacchiProfessor Paolo Facchi, University of Bari, Italy

Quantum Zeno tomography

Professor Paolo Facchi , world leader in quantum physics, estimation theory and quantum control, will speak about the use of the quantum Zeno effect for carrying out “absorption-free’’ tomography.

The proposed scheme can have applications in neutron and X-ray tomographic imaging where it outperforms state-of-the-art absorption radiography.

Frank NarducciProfessor Frank A. Narducci, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, US

Basics and applications of atom interferometry

Professor Frank Narducci, a world-recognized expert in quantum sensors, will discuss atom interferometers and their application to inertial, biomedical and environmental sensing.  Prof. Narducci has been at the forefront of research in the development of atom interferometers for inertial sensing and is currently developing two novel types of interferometers. This talk will briefly describe the basic physics of atom interferometers and then move on to describe their actual implementation. Finally, he will discuss how atom interferometers can be used for inertial sensing for navigation, gravity anomaly detection for oil exploration, magnetic field gradient sensing for biomedical magnetic imaging applications, and gravitational wave detection.

Website 640x400-HY_UoP_GIANLUCA_TOZZI_005Dr. Gianluca Tozzi, University of Portsmouth

Advances in the evaluation of biological tissues and biomaterials based on X-ray Computed Tomography

Dr Gianluca Tozzi is an international expert in Bioengineering at the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering (University of Portsmouth). His research activity is devoted to the evaluation of biological tissues and biomaterials using advanced imaging techniques such as in situ high-resolution X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) coupled with Digital Volume Correlation (DVC), for which he is currently considered one of the major experts worldwide. He will talk about recent advances in XCT-based evaluations applied to bioengineering.

vincenzo_tammaDr. Vincenzo Tamma, Univ. of Portsmouth

Thermal light interference beyond coherence and remote sensing applications

 Dr.  Tamma is an international expert in quantum optics, quantum information and sensing exploring quantum foundations and the real-world implementation of quantum-enhanced technologies.

He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland, US and in Applied Physics from the Univ. of Bari in Italy. Before moving to the University of Portsmouth, he was group leader and lecturer at the Institute of Quantum Physics at the University of Ulm in Germany after holding a one-year postdoctoral fellowship issued by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

He will speak about a novel interferometric technique based on the use of thermal light which can be used in high-precision metrology, imaging and remote sensing.