UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Alessio Serafini

Prof Alessio Serafini

Professor of Theoretical Physics

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2007

Research summary

My research interests focus mainly on continuous variable (CV) quantum information and quantum optics, covering both fundamental and more applied issues. Continuous variable systems are quantum systems described by operators with continuous spectra (e.g., positions and momenta of particles or quantum fields) and are very promising for application, allowing for a remarkable degree of coherent control in present experimental setups. Recently, I have worked on the characterisation of quantum correlations (entanglement) for CV states of many degrees of freedom: in this context, I determined mathematical conditions for states to be entangled in terms of quantities which can be easily measured in experiments. I am currently interested in studying the coherent generation and manipulation of entanglement in systems of trapped ions and in investigating locality and entanglement in quantum field theories and in their discrete counterparts.

Teaching summary

I lectured for 5 years the Maths III course (PHAS2246), year 2, for Physics and Natural Sciences students. This year, I took on the Master Quantum computation and communication course (PHASM/G427).


Universita degli Studi di Salerno
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2005
Universita degli Studi di Pisa
First Degree, Laurea | 2001
To be updated
A level, Scottish Higher or equivalent, Diploma di Maturita Scientifica | 1996


I was an undergraduate at the University of Pisa, Italy, where I gained a Laurea (MSci) in Physics in 2001, graduating with a project on fundations of General Relativity carried out at Turin's Politecnico. Between 2001 and 2004 I took a PhD in Theoretical Physics (quantum optics and quantum information) under Fabrizio Illuminati and Silvio De Siena at the University of Salerno. During my PhD studies, I spent half a year at Potsdam Institut fuer Physik, under the supervision of Jens Eisert, and half a year at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, under the supervision of Yvan Castin.In 2004-2005, I spent one year as a Research Assistant in the AMOPP group at University College London, working with Sougato Bose in Quantum Information, after which I joined the Quantum Information Group of Martin Plenio at Imperial College (Institute of Mathematical Physics and Department of Physics) as a Marie Curie Fellow, from November 2005 until September 2007. In October 2007 I came back to UCL as a lecturer, re-joining the Quantum Information Group (within the AMOPP and TAMPA groups).