Research project

PhoQuS Photons for Quantum Simulation (DFM.AD002.088)

Thematic area

Physical sciences and technologies of matter

Project area

Scienze e tecnologie quantistiche (DFM.AD002)

Structure responsible for the research project

National Institute of Optics (INO)

Project manager

Phone number: 0461283925


Quantum simulation is an emerging and exciting field for which several systems, such as ultracold-atoms, trapped ions or superconducting circuits are being actively investigated. We aim to develop a novel platform for quantum simulation, based on quantum fluids of light. These can be realised in different photonic systems with suitable optical nonlinearities, allowing to engineer an effective photon-photon interaction. We will first fully characterize the superfluid and quantum turbulent regimes for quantum fluids of light, investigating the propagation in optically controlled landscapes with the demonstration of important milestones such as many-body localization and the superfluid to Mott-insulator transition. Based on these achievements and on the unprecedented flexibility offered by the all- optical control in quantum fluids of light, we will implement quantum simulations and simulate systems of very different nature, ranging from astrophysics to condensed matter. Fundamental open questions such as superconductivity, black hole physics, and quantum gravity will be addressed within the photon fluid platform.

Start date of activity



Quantum Fluids of Light, Quantum Simulation, Photon BEC

Last update: 30/11/2023