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Francesco A Narducci


Phone: (831) 656-2635


Prof. Narducci graduated with top honors in both physics and math from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa in 1989. He then went to the University of Rochester to earn a Master of Arts in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1996. The late Prof. Leonard Mandel supervised his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled Photon correlations in single and multi-atoms systems.
Upon completion of his degree, he joined the Naval Air Systems Command as a staff physicist establishing his own research team to investigate effects in various atomic systems, including cold atom and warm cells. He served as a program manager for the Office of Naval Research from 2000-2003. He was elected a NavAir Associate Fellow in 2006 and a full NavAir Fellow in 2012. He won the Dolores Etter Award for Top Navy Scientist (Individual) in 2013 and become the Senior Science and Technology Manager: Position, Navigation and TimeKeeping. He joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in July 2017. He continues his research while teaching.
Also, "on the side", he has served as Associate Editor for Physical Review A (currently the longest serving editor) and Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters. He has also guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Modern Optics for the last 10 or so years devoted to the Proceedings of the Conference of The Physics of Quantum Electronics.
NPS Experience
  • 2017 - current: Associate Professor
Research Interests
Atom interferometer sensors, quantum sensors, inertial navigation, quantum states of light.
Teaching Interests
Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Sensors, Optics

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2020 American Physical Society
  • 2020 Optical Society of America