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I obtained my PhD at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Patrik Ohberg, with a thesis titled “General Relativity analogues in nonlinear optical systems”. My PhD studies were supported with a full Scholarship by EPSRC, SUPA, The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre for Condensed Matter Physics. I conducted experimental and numerical investigations in nonlinear optics and analogues of general relativity, including: Newton-Schrödinger Equation, and Superradiance. I gained expertise in experimental optical techniques, including: interferometry, digital holography, engineering of light beams with Orbital Angular Momentum, propagation of light beams in complex media. From 2018 to 2021, I was also a visiting Post Graduate Researcher at the University of Glasgow in Prof. Daniele Faccio’s Extreme Light Group, where I performed intense experimental and numerical works in the same research areas listed above. From 2017 to 2022, I was a Public Engagement (Outreach) Coordinator and a Teaching Assistant at Heriot-Watt University. Some of the courses I taught include: “Quantum theory and Spectroscopy" (2017-2020), "MSc Photonics Experimental Lab" (2017-2018), "Investigative Techniques Experimental Lab" (2018-2019), "Waves and Matter" (2019-2020, 2021-2022). In February 2023, I joined the University of Nottingham as a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow in Prof. Silke Weinfurtner’s Gravity Laboratory group, to carry out experimental optical studies of quantum simulators for the physics of black holes and the early Universe.



Employment history
From 2023
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Nottingham
2018 - 2022
Visiting postgraduate fellow, University of Glasgow
2017 - 2022
PhD studies at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, awarded scholarship by EPSRC, SUPA, The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre for Condensed Matter Physics
2014 - 2017
Master studies in physics at Sapienza University of Rome
2010 - 2014
Undergraduate studies in Physics at Sapienza University of Rome


Measurement of Penrose superradiance in a photon superfluidMaria Chiara Braidotti, Radivoje Prizia, Calum Maitland, Francesco Marino, Angus Prain, Ilya Starshynov, Niclas Westerberg, Ewan M. Wright, and Daniele Faccio, Physical review letters 128, 013901 (2022)
Soret reverse saturable absorption of graphene oxide and its application in random lasersRadivoje Prizia, Claudio Conti, and Neda Ghofraniha, Journal of the Optical Society of America B Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 19-25 (2019)
Optical supercavitation in graphene-oxide hydrogel for antimicrobial cloaksSilvia Gentilini, Neda Ghofraniha, Radivoie Prizia, Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Luca Angelani, and Claudio Conti, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optica Publishing Group, 2017), paper NM2B.1
Nonlinear optics, optomechanics, and antibacterial coating by graphene oxideCarlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Rade Prizia, Neda Ghofraniha, Luca Angelani, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Massimiliano Papi, Claudio Conti, Proceedings Volume 10111, Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIV; 1011121 (2017)