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Professor Paternostro’s research interests are in the areas quantum information and quantum technology. He has worked on the foundations of quantum mechanics and the design of quantum technologies for all his academic career. His work has pioneered the fields of cavity optomechanics, quantum communication, quantum thermodynamics, and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

He has authored 180+ research papers published in top-tier international journals (including Nature and Phys. Rev. Lett.) and has attracted 7000 citations (h-index = 42) and €9+ Million of research funding from various sources.

He is Vice Chair and Grant Holder of COST Action CA15220, of which he was one of the primary proposers. He is Chief Editor of the De Gruyter journal “Quantum Measurement and Quantum Metrology” and served as Editorial Board Member of Phys. Rev. A (2011-2014).

He held Visiting Professor positions at Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris (France), Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Universität Ulm (Germany), and the Federal University of ABC (Sao Paulo, Brazil).

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Research students

PhD title:  Probing corrections to quantum mechanics using spatial quantum superpositions

Name: Sam McMillen
Years of Study: 2014 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Is a plant a quantum engine 

Name: James Cormican
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Quantum state engineering and machine learning 

Name: Luca Innocenti 
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: Italy


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Steve Campbell 

PhD title:  Interplay beteen entanglement and purity in multipartite systems 

Years of Study: 2008 - 2011
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Marie Curie Fellow at Universitaet Aarhus, Denmark




Dr Matteo Brunelli  

PhD title: Irreversibility and correlations in bosonic systems  

Years of Study: 2013 - 2017
Country: Italy
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at University of Cambridge, UK



Dr Lorenzo Fusco 

PhD Title: Non-equilibrium thermodynamics in quantum many-body systems

Years of Study: 2013 - 2016
Country: Italy
Current position: Chief Analyst at ACSoftware




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