Politecnico di Milano (Italy) – (POLIMI)

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is one of the largest universities in Italy and it is well acknowledged in Europe as a technical school for engineering. According to the QS World University Rankings, POLIMI is the 25 top Engineering Schools in the world and at the first place among all Italian universities in six scientific areas including Computer Science & Information Systems, where the Dept. of Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB) is specifically active and renowned. POLIMI has a leading experience in research projects, boasting 261 founded projects just in FP7 between 2007 and 2013 (49 as project coordinator) with 22% submitted proposal success rate and 562 projects founded by MIUR between 2001 and 2012 (161 as coordinator). The “SPADlab” research group lead by prof. Franco Zappa has worldwide leadership in Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs), both in Silicon and InGaAs/InP, and both in custom processing and in fully-CMOS standard technologies. Dr. Federica Villa is the senior researcher with mature background in the design and development of SPAD arrays, imagers, and associated instrumentation, as well as in the design and development of microelectronic circuits and electronic boards for photon-counting 2D imaging and photon-timing Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and 3D LiDAR ranging, through the accurate measurement of the time-of-flight of single photons.

Role in the project

Within WP3, POLIMI will actively co-lead Task 3.5 with MPD, being in charge to conceive, design, fabricate, and
test the SPAD smart-pixels and the complete pixelated single-photon detection module. Moreover, POLIMI will
collaborate with partner MPD on the development of the electronics that will control the SPAD array chip. In Task
5.1, POLIMI will collaborate with other partners in order to define the methodology for the development of
UNIQORN quantum-optic SoC prototypes, ensuring compatibility between the physical interfaces of the individual
components. Moreover, POLIMI will assist HHI in the modeling of the optical configuration for the coupling of the
propagating optical mode into the detector, and will collaborate with UPB and UIBK on the method and the setup
for the crystal tuning.

Key Personnel 

Franco Zappa

Fabio Severini

Alfonso Incoronato