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Dr Luca Sapienza FHEA, MInstP


Luca Sapienza

University Associate Professor in Quantum Engineering

Academic Division: Electrical Engineering

Telephone: +44 1223 (7) 62409


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Research interests

Dr Luca Sapienza is leading the Integrated Quantum Photonics research group whose activities focus on the fundamental understanding of quantum optics effects on a chip, the development of quantum and nano-photonic devices integrating single-photon emitters, and the study of quantum effects in bio-molecules. 
The research work spans electromagnetic simulation, nanofabrication and optical characterisation, by means of time-resolved micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy, down to cryogenic temperatures.
Device technology is based on III-V, silicon, silicon nitride and hybrid material systems to realise photonic crystal and plasmonic devices including waveguides, optical cavities and resonators.

Teaching activity

4B5: Quantum and Nano-Technologies

Research opportunities

We are always looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers to join our group!

Other positions

Chair of the Semiconductor Physics Group of the Institute of Physics.


Dr Luca Sapienza graduated summa cum laude from the University of Padua (Italy) and obtained his PhD with highest honours from the University Paris-Diderot (France). 
Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he was a Reader at the University of Glasgow and an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He has held visiting positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA) and at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris (France). 

Department role and responsibilities

Fellow and Deputy Dean at Christ's College