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INFN PostDoctoral position in Quantum Foundations

Monday, September 28, 2020

INFN has opened 10 postdoctoral positions in theoretical physics. The gross salary is 36,000 Eur per year; each fellowship is initially granted for one year and may be extended for a second year. One of the fellowships, under the title “Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics" is associated to the Bassi research group.

Applicants are expected to have a background in quantum mechanics, with a focus in quantum foundations, open quantum systems and related topics. The research project will involve one of the following subjects:

- Tests of models of spontaneous wave function collapse

- Gravitational decoherence

- Quantum-gravity interplay

- Decoherence and open quantum systems


Deadline: 9th November 2020

Link to the call: https://jobs.dsi.infn.it/borseassegni/pdf/getfile.php?filename=22425.pdf

Angelo Bassi publishes paper on Nature Physics

Monday, September 7, 2020

Professor Angelo Bassi, alongside with other colleagues from Germany, Italy and Hungary, reach today, September 7, 2020, an important goal: the scientific journal Nature Physics publishes their paper "Underground test of gravity-related wave function collapse".

The team has tested a theory that suggests gravity is the force behind
quantum collapse and has found no evidence to support it. In their paper the researchers describe underground experiments they conducted to test the impact of gravity on wave functions and what their work showed them.

Find the paper here

Angelo Bassi coordinates demonstration of Quantum Communication

Sunday, September 6, 2020

The closing ceremony of ESOF2020 — EuroScience Open Forum featured the first Italian public demonstration of encrypted communication using Italian-made optical-fibre quantum technology. The presentation was carried out by the “Quantum Communications” group of the National Research Council (CNR) of Florence, Italy, thanks to the “Quantum FVG” Project, financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and coordinated by the University of Trieste, in the person of Professor Angelo Bassi. This communication consisted of an encrypted video call between Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who was on-location at ESOF at Trieste's Old Port, and the Rector of the University of Trieste Roberto Di Lenarda.

This communication highlights both the impact of quantum technology on security in communication and Italy's contribution to the development of this new technology in Europe. 

Watch the video of the demonstration (from minute 1:24:00) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk7o2CPOkmk

Read the article on La Repubblica


Professor Angelo Bassi on the New York Times Magazine

Thursday, June 25, 2020

"The rebel physicist trying to fix quantum mechanics" is the title of the profile about one of Professor Angelo Bassi, that has been published in the New York Times Magazine. The article covers some of the open questions in foundational quantum mechanics and how his researches aim to solve them, while describing a personal and intimate side of prof. Bassi's life. 

Read the full article here.

Research project on Quantum Communication at UniTs

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The University of Trieste, in synergy with the TEQ project, offers to Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students a research project aiming to address the practical challenges of quantum communication towards its full integration in the already existing fiber networks in Trieste. Quantum Cryptography or Quantum Key
Distribution (QKD) is nowadays the sole technology able to guarantee the unconditional security of communications. The researchers will study and implement QKD systems based on quantum light that will be tested in the Trieste's Lightnet fiber infrastructure.

The project is implemented in collaboration with CNR-INO of Firenze.

For more info see the poster below.

Towards a South-East European Quantum Network

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Last Friday the first major meeting to of the Quatipal project took place, the meeting was titled “Towards a South-East European Quantum Network”. The aim of the Quatipal project is to plan for a international quantum internet in South-East Europe. The meeting discussed plans for such a network and the state-of-the-art for quantum communications technology. For more information see the Quapital project website.

See the video. See Article on Il Piccolo - 17/05/19.

Opening of the Trieste Institute for the Theory of Quantum Technologies (TQT)

Friday, March 29, 2019

A new institute the Trieste Institute for the Theory of Quantum Technologies (TQT) was formally opened this week, on 25th March, at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics with a keynote lecture from Professor Cirac. The institute is a collaboration between the University of Trieste, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics and la Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) and it aims to become an international reference point for training and research on quantum technologies, such as supercomputers, precision sensors and cryptography. See Article on Il Piccolo - 25/03/19

Bassi interviewed by Tele4

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Angelo Bassi was hosted on Tele4 and interviewed about the research work, relations between the academic world and the general public, the University of Trieste and the Italian brain drain.

Here the link to the interview.

TEQ on the cover of New Scientist

Thursday, July 12, 2018

How does the world crystallise from quantum weirdness? We might just have the answer, says a new article on the cover of the July 14, 2018 issue of the New Scientist. And that answer could be given by the TEQ project, lead by Angelo Bassi.

Despite the spectacular success of quantum mechanics accounting for the bizarre behavior of subatomic particles, it is not clear how, or even if, it can explain why much larger bodies do not behave in the same way. The TEQ project is called to understand this discrepancy in a 4-year time frame with a substantial grant from the European Commission. The article explains how the TEQ project will cool and levitate a virus-sized glass spheres in a magnetic field, monitoring their motion with lasers and observing the results which could lead to the establishment the ultimate bounds to the validity of the quantum framework, if any.

This article on the well-known English science magazine is doubtlessly another clear acknowledgment of the important work of TEQ.

Click here to read about TEQ on New Scientist

Prof. Bassi interviewed by Scientific American

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The TEQ teams work to establish the large-scale limit of quantum mechanics trying to answer questions that are so far unaddressed: why we have no evidence of non-classical behavior in the macroscopic world? How is quantumness lost as we abandon the microscopic domain? To find answers, TEQ partners are undergoing tests of quantum effects for systems whose mass is orders of magnitude larger than that employed in the most successful quantum experiments to date.
The PI of the TEQ project, Prof. Angelo Bassi, has been recently interviewed for the cover article of the July issue of Scientific American, the prestigious American popular science magazines, in which he talks about the efforts to understand the true nature of the matter in between the micro and the macro. “We know the microworld is quantum, and we know in one way or another, we are classical—whatever that means,” says Angelo Bassi […] “We are ignorant about the true nature of matter in between the micro and the macro.”
The article explains how the microscopic and macroscopic worlds do not blend seamlessly: the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics reigns over the first, whereas the second observes more logical “classical” rules. World top researchers in the field have a say in the piece and share their findings and opinions. “Some people will tell you quantum mechanics has taught us that the world is strange, so we have to accept it,” Bassi says. “I would say no. If something is strange, then we have to understand better.”
Click here to read Bassi on Scientific American