Francesco Di Colandrea, PhD

Francesco Di Colandrea obtained his PhD in 2023 at the University of Naples Federico II, with a thesis on Spin-orbit photonics for quantum simulations with structured light under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Marrucci and Dr. Filippo Cardano. He mainly worked on photonic simulations of quantum walk dynamics, with particular regard to their applications to topological photonics. One of the main achievements of his PhD is the development of a compact liquid-crystal-based photonic platform which allows for the simulation of extreme regimes of quantum dynamics. He joined the SQO group in Ottawa as a postdoctoral researcher, where his research keeps on focusing on topological photonics and quantum simulations with structured light but also includes quantum sensing and the application of machine-learning techniques to optical experiments.


  1. F Di Colandrea, N Dehghan, A D’Errico, E Karimi, Fourier Quantum Process Tomography, arXiv:2312.13458 (2023).
  2. A Sit, F Di Colandrea, A D’Errico, E Karimi, Spatially twisted liquid-crystal devices, arXiv:2311.04773 (2023).
  3. C Esposito, F Di Colandrea, F Hoch, G Carvacho, F Cardano, N Spagnolo, Generation of high-dimensional qudit quantum states via two-dimensional quantum walks, Physical Review Research 5, 043025 (2023).
  4. F Di Colandrea, L Amato, R Schiattarella, A Dauphin, F Cardano, Retrieving space-dependent polarization transformations via near-optimal quantum process tomography, Optics Express 31, 31698-31717 (2023).
  5. F Di Colandrea, A Babazadeh, A Dauphin, P Massignan, L Marrucci, F Cardano, Ultra-long quantum walks via spin-orbit photonics, Optica 10, 324-331 (2023)
  6. C Esposito, MR Barros, A Durán Hernández, G Carvacho, F Di Colandrea, R Barboza, F Cardano, N Spagnolo, L Marrucci, F Sciarrino, Quantum walks of two correlated photons in a 2D synthetic lattice, npj Quantum Information 8, 34 (2022)
  7. F Di Colandrea, A D’Errico, M Maffei, HM Price, M Lewenstein, L Marrucci, F Cardano, A Dauphin, P Massignan, Linking topological features of the Hofstadter model to optical diffraction figures, New Journal of Physics 24, 013028 (2022)
  8. A D’Errico, F Di Colandrea, R Barboza, A Dauphin, M Lewenstein, P Massignan, L Marrucci, F Cardano, Bulk detection of time-dependent topological transitions in quenched chiral models, Physical Review Research 2, 023119 (2020)