Curriculum Vitae

Work Address

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nuclear Science and Engineering Department
Reasearch Laboratory of Electronics (RLE)
77 Massachusetts Ave. ~ Room 26-303
Cambridge, MA 02139

Research Experience

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Ester & Harold Edgerton Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering (2013-Present)
    Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering (2009-2013)
  • - Head of the Quantum Engineering Group. See group page for more information on current activities.

  • ITAMP (Harvard University), Cambridge, MA (2006-2009)
    Postdoctoral Fellow
  • - High-sensitivity diamond magnetometer with nanoscale resolution
    Analyzed the performance of a new concept of magnetometry based on single electronic spins associated with defects in diamond. Devised control techniques for increasing the performance to potentially achieve an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution.
    - Coherent control of single electron-nuclear spin registers
    Conceived a protocol for the control of small qubit registers, based on electronic and nuclear spins, that will constitute the building blocks for a scalable quantum information processor. Assessing complementary strategies for optimal control.
    - Correction of field inhomogeneities for magnetic resonance imaging
    Studying quantum control techniques to improve NMR spectroscopy and imaging in the presence of spatial variations in the magnetic fields.
    - Transport of correlated spin states in linear spin chains
    Investigating the transport properties and velocity of spin-½ states in concomitance with magnetic resonance experiments in solid-state nuclear spin systems.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    Advisor: Prof. D. Cory
  • - Entanglement assisted metrology for single nuclear spin measurement.
    Proposed a methodology for the measurement of the state of a single nuclear spin, using the interaction of the single spin with a large ensemble of entangled spins. Completed first proof of-principle experiment.
    -Solid State NMR quantum computing.
    Studied multiple quantum coherence and control of large spins ensemble, towards the implementation of a solid state NMR-based quantum processor.
    - Encoded qubit operations in the presence of stochastic noise.
    Investigated encoded operations under conditions of non-ideal control. Developed new strategies for avoiding the effects of noise even if the available control forces the system to leave the protected subspace for short time intervals.
  • CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
    Advisor: Dr. T. Otto
  • - Worked in the Radio Protection group to establish CERN RP calibration laboratory as an ISO-recognized laboratory for neutron dosimeters. Conducted study of the wall reflected noise via experiments and Monte Carlo simulations. (2000)

    Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2001-2006)
  • - Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering.
    - Advisor: Prof. David Cory. Dissertation title: Quantum Information Processing in Multi-Spin Systems (abstract)
  • Ecole Centrale Paris, Paris, France (1997-2000)
  • - Joint MS in Applied Physics with Politecnico di Milano (TIME double degree program).
  • Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy (1995-2000)
  • - Laurea (BS/MS) in Nuclear Engineering, Summa cum Laude.
    - MS Thesis on "Neutron spectra analysis for the validation of the dosimetric calibration in CERN facilities".

    Teaching Experience

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    - Instructor for "22.02 Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics" (2010-Current)
    - Instructor for "22.51 Interaction of Radiation with Matter" (2009-Current)
    - Instructor for "22.920 A Hands-On Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" (2005)
    - Recitation Instructor for "22.51 Interaction of Radiation with Matter" (Prof. D. Cory).
    Prepared and gave recitations and some of the lectures. (Fall 2004)
    - Teaching Assistant for "22.920 A Hands-On Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" (Prof. D. Cory). Assisted students during the laboratory experiment. (January 2002)
    - Teaching Assistant for "22.312 Engineering of Nuclear Reactors" (Prof. M. S. Kazimi).
    Prepared and graded homework. Assisted students in the solution of the homework. (Fall 2001) Award as Outstanding TA in the Nuclear Department.

    Awards

    - AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2012)
    - PAI Outstanding Teacher and Mentor (2010)
    - Graduate Teaching Award, MIT School of Engineering (2005)
    - Manson Benedict Fellowship (2004)
    - Alpha Nu Sigma (honorary branch of the American Nuclear Society).
    - Fondazione Famiglia Legnanese Fellowship (1998)