Rosario Lo Franco (RLF) has a degree in physics with honors (2005) from the University of Palermo, where he was then awarded a PhD grant and obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics (18 March 2009) with the thesis Quantum field state engineering and entanglement: from foundations of quantum mechanics to applications. During the PhD he was visiting fellow at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK). He was then awarded post-doc scholarships of CNISM (2009, national competition) and of CSFNSM (2011, University of Catania), a research grant (2012, University of Palermo), a post-doc scholarship (2013, University of Palermo) and a post-doc grant (2014, University of San Paolo, Brazil; University of Nottingham, UK). RLF was recently awarded two Associate Professor qualifications (Professore di Seconda Fascia) for the Italian University, after a national competition (ASN), in the classes 02/B2 - Fisica Teorica della Materia (Theoretical Physics of Matter) and 02/A2 - Fisica Teorica delle Interazioni Fondamentali (Theoretical Physics of Fundamental Interactions). To the best of our knowledge, he is the only Italian post-doc fellow who was awarded Associate Professor qualifications in two different areas of Theoretical Physics.
RLF is author of various publications on ISI journals, conference proceedings and other journals; his research papers have a wide impact, as shown by the number of total citations (see Google Scholar or ISI Web of Knowledge for up-to-date score). Some of his papers have been selected for highlights (national press, 2013 top ten scientific research of USTC China, Phys. Scripta IOP Highlights collection celebrating the most influential research published in 2013, Virt. J. Quant. Inf., Virt. J. Nano Sci. Tech.). He wrote an invited review for a special issue on Int. J. Mod. Phys. B, that was acknowledged as an excellent one from the Editors of the journal for its performance. RLF collaborates with numerous national and international research groups, both theoretical and experimental. He is referee for many prestigious ISI journals including Nature Phys., Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. A, New J. Phys., Optics Express, Annals of Physics; he was also a referee for international funding FONDECYT Chile 2008.
He was invited visiting scientist at foreign universities (CBPF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Universidade Federal do ABC, São Paulo, Brazil; Huazhong Normal University, Wuhan, China; Imperial College, University College London, Nottingham University, Heriot-Watt University, UK) where he presented seminars. He has given numerous talks and invited talks to conferences and international schools. He has participated in several national research projects (60% MIUR, PRIN) and international projects (type C) on the study of open quantum systems.
From 2010 to present, RLF has been Tutor of General Physics for undergraduate students of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Palermo. He has taught at the University of Palermo: General Physics, Rational Mechanics, Physics applied to biology and Statistics.
His research, aiming at both foundations of quantum mechanics and applications, has been initially dedicated to quantum state engineering in cavity quantum electrodynamics. He has been then studying dynamics and characterization of correlations in composite quantum systems for quantum information processing, giving pioneering contributions in the case of non-Markovian evolution. Recently, RLF and coworkers have been significantly contributing to put the attention of the scientific community on the topic regarding the interaction of classical environments with quantum systems. In particular, the recovery of quantum correlation resources by random classical fields has been theoretically predicted and experimentally verified as a result of a collaboration with the prestigious experimental group of quantum optics of the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei. The latter work, published on Nature Communications, has been receiving thousands of visualizations (almost 3,800 within about three months). RLF was interviewed by journalists of the Italian press (La Repubblica, Il Fatto Quotidiano) to divulgate these results. The control of quantum devices by classical systems is an open problem and deserves investigations due to its fundamental implications and applications towards the realization of a practical quantum computer.
For details see: curriculum vitae, personal webpage at http://www.fisica.unipa.it/~lofranco/index.html, Google Scholar profile at http://scholar.google.it/citations?hl=it&user=TH-efbAAAAAJ.