Research

The development of new technologies at scales approaching the quantum regime is driving new theoretical and experimental research on control in quantum systems. The implementation of quantum control would have an enormous impact on a wide range of fields such as chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance, microelectronics, and precision metrology. Quantum control finds an ideal application in quantum information processing (QIP), which promises to radically improve the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information. To reach this goal it is necessary to improve both the experimental techniques and the coherent control theory of quantum bits (qubits), as well as to gain a deeper knowledge of the mechanisms of decoherence, which must be studied and fought against. The main topics of my research have been methods of control of physical systems candidates as qubits. In my future research, I plan to continue investigating strategies for the control of quantum systems that can deliver QIP devices (not only quantum computers but also simulators, measuring and communication devices, etc.), which exceed the capacities of the corresponding classical devices.

Contact Information

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nuclear Science and Engineering Department
Research Laboratory of Electronics
Room 26-303
77 Massachusetts Avenuepcappell-at-mit.edu
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307Tel: 617-253-8137

Short Bio

In September 2009 I joined the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where I am now an Associate Professor, leading the Quantum Engineering Group (QEG).
I have been a PostDoc at ITAMP, working on physical implementations of quantum information processing devices and their quantum control.
I obtained my Ph.D. in 2006 at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My Ph.D. work was on Quantum Information Processing (QIP) with Prof. David Cory. Topics of my dissertation include QIP devices (simulation and metrology devices) with solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and control of logical qubits in liquid state NMR.
Prior to that, I completed my undergraduate and master degrees at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) and at the Ecole Central Paris (France).

Teaching

22.51 Quantum Theory of Radiation Interactions
Fall 2013/2012/2011/2010/2009: Instructor. Fall 2004: Recitation instructor.

22.02 Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics
Spring 2013/2012/2011/2010: Instructor.

22.920 Hands-On Introduction to NMR
Winter 2005: Co-instructor with Jonathan Hodges

Winner of an MIT teaching award