WHAT IS PINT OF SCIENCE?
Our aim is to deliver science talks in a fun, engaging and approachable way by bringing them to a pub close to you. We will bring you the most interesting and knowledgeable scientists around to
give a talk about their research. You just sit back, sip your drink, listen and then you can either ask questions, have a drink with them or even tell them about your crazy idea to save humanity (we
can’t promise they will listen, but hey, why not give it a shot?).
WHERE AND WHEN?
The festival takes place over three evenings in May 2016. It happens simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, USA, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Austria and South Africa.
A. Crespi, R. Osellame, R. Ramponi, M. Bentivegna, F. Flamini, N. Spagnolo, N. Viggianiello, L. Innocenti, P. Mataloni, F. Sciarrino, "Suppression law of quantum states in a 3-D photonic fast Fourier transform chip", Nature Communications 7, 10469 (2016).
F. Flamini, L. Magrini, A. S. Rab, N. Spagnolo, V. D'Ambrosio, P. Mataloni, F. Sciarrino, T. Zandrini, A. Crespi, R. Ramponi, R. Osellame, "Thermally reconfigurable quantum photonic circuits at telecom wavelength by femtosecond laser micromachining", Light: Science & Applications 4, e354 (2015).
Research highlights in Nature Photonics:
Noriaki Horiuchi, "Reconfigurable circuits" - Nature Photonics 10, 73 (2016)
Today, the ERC announced the names of 44 of its grant holders who will receive top-up funding to explore commercial or innovation potential of the results of their ERC-funded research. These Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, can be used, for example, to establish intellectual property rights, investigate business opportunities or conduct technical validation.
PROJECT 3D-COUNT in collaboration with IFN-CNR (Roberto Leoni and Roberto Osellame)
Photonics, in recognition of its strategic significance and pervasiveness throughout many industrial sectors, has been identified as one of the Key Enabling Technologies for Europe. Photonics in combination with quantum information science has great potential to facilitate, transform and innovate future technologies for the better. The Proof of Concept 3D-COUNT project intends to contribute to this by developing and testing a communication platform prototype, comprised of single photon detectors, which are efficiently coupled to single mode fibers using an innovative laser written device. This enables the integration of single photon detectors on innovative glass waveguides. These glass integrated photonic circuits offer excellent specifics for on-chip quantum optics implementations in terms of scattering losses, offering flexibility of the waveguide geometry and ensuring high coupling efficiency with optical fibers.
From 9 to 11 September 2015, the European Research Council (ERC) takes part in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC) in Dalian, China, to highlight the role of science in charting a new course for economic growth. Alongside ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and Vice-President Prof. Núria Sebastiàn Gallés, 18 pioneering ERC grantees will share their cutting-edge research. Twelve of them are invited as Young Scientists - this is one third of all selected scientists in this prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) programme that gathers outstanding young talent. The AMNC, dubbed "Summer Davos", provides a platform for emerging leaders, young researchers and entrepreneurs from around the world to engage with leading figures from industry, politics and science, and to discuss global challenges.
There's a quantum revolution going on, but it's still work in progress, says Fabio Sciarrino.
V. Parigi, V. D’Ambrosio, C. Arnold, L. Marrucci, F. Sciarrino & J. Laurat, Storage and retrieval of vector beams of light in a multiple-degree-of-freedom quantum memory, Nature Communications 6, 7706 (2015).
M. Bentivegna, N. Spagnolo, C. Vitelli, F. Flamini, N. Viggianiello, L. Latmiral, P. Mataloni, D. J. Brod, E. F. Galvao, A. Crespi, R. Ramponi, R. Osellame, F. Sciarrino, Experimental scattershot boson sampling, Science Advances 1, e1400255 (2015).
Highlighed by New Scientist:
"Quantum computers should theoretically outpace ordinary ones, but attempts to build a speedy quantum machine have so far come up short. Now an approach based on a Victorian counting device seems to be getting close."
F. Caruso, A. Crespi, A. G. Ciriolo, F. Sciarrino, R. Osellame, "Fast Escape from Quantum Mazes in Integrated Photonics", [arXiv:1501.06438].
Hightlighted by MIT Technology Review:
Quantum Light Beam Solves Mazes, with a
Little Help from Classical Noise
"The quickest way to solve a maze exploits both quantum and classical processes, say physicists who have demonstrated the effect for the first time."
N. Spagnolo, C. Vitelli, M. Bentivegna, D. J. Brod, A. Crespi, F. Flamini, S. Giacomini, G. Milani, R. Ramponi, P. Mataloni, R. Osellame, E. F. Galvao, and F. Sciarrino, "Experimental validation of photonic boson sampling", Nature Photonics (2014) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.135.
Giacomo Corrielli, Andrea Crespi, Riccardo Geremia, Roberta Ramponi, Linda Sansoni, Andrea Santinelli, Paolo Mataloni, Fabio Sciarrino, and Roberto Osellame, "Rotated waveplates in integrated waveguide optics" Nature Communications 5, 4249 (2014).
A. Crespi, R. Osellame, R. Ramponi, D. J. Brod, E. F. Galvao, N. Spagnolo, C. Vitelli, E. Maiorino, P. Mataloni, F. Sciarrino, Integrated multimode interferometers with arbitrary designs for photonic boson sampling, Nature Photonics 7, 545 (2013).
News and Views in Nature Photonics by T. Ralph: "Quantum computation: Boson Sampling on a chip"
N. Spagnolo, C. Vitelli, L. Aparo, P. Mataloni, F. Sciarrino, A. Crespi, R. Ramponi, and R. Osellame,Three-photon bosonic coalescence in an integrated tritter, Nature Communications 4, 1606 (2013) doi:10.1038/ncomms2616.
A. Crespi, R. Osellame, R. Ramponi, V. Giovannetti, R. Fazio, L. Sansoni, F. De Nicola, F. Sciarrino, and P. Mataloni, Anderson localization of entangled photons in an integrated quantum walk, Nature Photonics 7, 322–328 (2013) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.26.
News and View in Nature Photonics by A. Fratalocchi: "Anderson localization: The role of quantum symmetries".
ERC Starting Grants are financed by the European Research Council and aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe.
The aim of 3D-QUEST is to develop and implement quantum simulation by exploiting 3-dimensional integrated photonic circuits. 3D-QUEST is structured to demonstrate the potential of linear optics to implement a computational power beyond the one of a classical computer.