Matteo Cherchi


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Short bio

I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2008 from the University of Palermo and my MSc in Particle Physics from the University of Pavia (1997) and from the University of Cambridge (1998). I have 25 years of experience in applied photonic research both in industry (former Pirelli Labs – Optical Innovation) and in academia (RLE MIT, University of Palermo, and CoreCom). My present roles in VTT are design and simulation of integrated optical devices and Project Management, taking care of both customers and EU projects. I'm also managing  VTT internal initiative on Quantum Technologies and coordinating aCryComm, a FET Open project on similar topics.

Research interests

photonic integrated circuits, silicon photonics, phase modulators, photodetectors, SNSPD, single photon sources, single photon detectors, quantum computers, quantum key distribution, terahertz photonics, optical phased arrays, microwave photonics, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, LiDAR, mid-infrared sensors

Expertise area

Design of photonic integrated circuits, MATLAB, Zotero, Fimmwave, Fimmprop

Skills and expertise

  • silicon photonics
  • quantum key distribution
  • quantum optics
  • LiDAR
  • photonic integrated circuits
  • Zotero
  • Fimmwave
  • mid-infrared sensors


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