Stefania Sciara

PhD Student

Stefania Sciara is a PhD student, who is attending an international doctorate shared between the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (INRS-EMT) and the University of Palermo-Department of Energy, Information Engineering and Mathematical Models, Italy. Since February 2016 she has joint the Optical Ultrafast Process (UOP), supervised by Prof. Roberto Morandotti. Stefania dedicated her academic studies to Physics, especially in Quantum Mechanics and in Quantum Information Theory. On 26th March 2014 she got the Bachelor Degree (Summa cum Laude) in Physical Sciences at University of Palermo-Department of Physics and Chemistry, defending a thesis titled “Gauge Invariance in Quantum Mechanics. The Aharonov-Bohm Effect”, under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Compagno (University of Palermo). After the first degree, Stefania attended the Master courses on Physics-curriculum Theoretical Physics at University of Palermo, where she majored in Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Theory, improving her theoretical background acquired previously.

Stefania got her first experience in the research field during her Master thesis, in which together with Prof. Giuseppe Compagno and Prof. Rosario Lo Franco (University of Palermo), she focused on entanglement in systems of identical particles, that is one of the most important and debated issue in quantum processes. After this research work, on 28th October 2015 Stefania got her Master Degree (Summa cum Laude) defending a thesis titled “Schmidt-like Decomposition as a tool to measure entanglement of Identical Particles”, supervised by Prof. Giuseppe Compagno. The results achieved in this work are so significant, that Stefania (the first author) and the two professors submitted a paper to a very high-impact scientific journal. At the end of her studies at University of Palermo, she acquired strong skills and expertise on entanglement and other resource in quantum processes. She now takes part in the Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Optics group at INRS-EMT, where she contributes with her theoretical skills and background to the group research. This PhD is giving Stefania the opportunity of improving her theoretical expertise and getting familiar with experiments in laboratory, thanks to the supervision and the suggestion of the other senior group members.


Honors & Awards

  1. 2016 Best Student Poster Presentation Award, Photonics North, Québec City, Québec, Canada. CAD$ 350.
  2. Full Scholarship awarded by the Italian Physical Society to participate in the “Frontiers in Modern Optics” Summer School as part of the “International School of Physics: Enrico Fermi” in Varenna, Italy, 2016. CAD$ 1.300.
  1. S. Sciara, R. Lo Franco and G. Compagno, “Schmidt Decomposition for Systems of Identical Particles”, International OSA Network of Students (IONS) Conference, Québec City, Québec, Canada, 20-22 May 2016.
  2. S. Sciara, R. Lo Franco and G. Compagno, “Schmidt Decomposition for Systems of Identical Particles”, Photonics North Conference, Québec City, Québec, Canada, 24-26 May 2016.
  3. S. Sciara, R. Lo Franco and G. Compagno, “Schmidt Decomposition for Systems of Identical Particles”, International School of Physics Enrico Fermi, Varenna, Italy, 08-13 July 2016. (Poster)

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