Marco Lucamarini

Marco Lucamarini

Prof, Chair of Experimental Quantum Communications, Director of Research, York Centre for Quantum Technologies

  • Chair Experimental Quantum Communication, Physics

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

3 funded EPSRC PhD studentships, already available to recruit.
Subject: Experimental quantum communications at any distance, small, medium and large, based on optical fibre and free space. Development of single and entangled photon sources for quantum communications.

Personal profile


Professor Lucamarini joined the University of York in 2020, coming from a senior position in Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory, where he conducted research into optical physics, quantum information and quantum key distribution (QKD), bringing the UK’s first quantum network into existence.

In 2018, he was instrumental in leading a breakthrough which marks the beginning of a quantum repeaters era. The novel scheme, termed 'Twin-Field QKD', can extend the range of QKD to well over 500 km when applied down standard optical fibre and beyond 100 dB in a lossy quantum channel. This makes quantum secure communications on fibre links between geographically dispersed cities possible for the first time.

Prior to that, he worked at a number of universities and institutions contributing to pioneering experiments such as the active quantum teleportation of a photon, the open-loop protection of a polarization qubit and two-way protocols for QKD.

Research interests

Quantum Cryptography, Communications & Networks

Quantum Optics, Generation of Single & Entangled Photons

Quantum Information & Computation

Quantum Technologies, Repeaters & Memories

Implementation Security of Quantum Systems

Highlights -
Design and implementation of the first effective quantum repeater

First quantum digital signatures secure from attacks on detectors

Record high secure key rate quantum key distribution and measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution systems

Quantum Networks in Tokyo and Cambridge

Implementation security of real quantum communication systems

Standardization of quantum key distribution

Employment History

2020: Full Professor, University of York (UK)
2017: Professorship Habilitation in Experimental and Theoretical Solid State Physics (Italy)
2016-2020: Senior Research Scientist, Toshiba's Cambridge Research Labs (UK)
2012-2016: Research Scientist, Toshiba's Cambridge Research Labs (UK)
2006-2012: Research Affiliate, School of Science and Technology, University of Camerino (Italy)
2005-2006: Senior Researcher, Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (Malaysia)
2005-2011: Visiting Scientist at NUS (Singapore), University of Toronto (Canada), University of Wien (Austria) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
2005: PhD in Physics, University of Rome "Sapienza" (Italy)
2000: Laurea degree (BSc & MSc) in Physics, University of Rome "Sapienza" (Italy)

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