The main scientific interests of Simona Mosca are nonlinear optics, quantum optics, optomechanics, high resolution spectroscopy, singular optics and interferometry laser for gravitational waves detection.
Simona Mosca is author of more than 80 papers in international refereed journals ( h index 33). She is an editorial board member of the journal Applied Sciences of section "Optics and Lasers” and referee of several highly-impacted journals.
Currently she is working at experimental and theoretical study to multipartite quantum state generation in optical frequency combs and their optomechanical interactions.
From March 2014 Simona Mosca was the principal investigator of a FIR project [RBFR13QUVI] aimed to control and manipulation of a quantum state of light through the optomechanical interaction. Among the various activities, recently she has contributed to experimentally demonstrate the onset of optical frequency combs in optical parametric oscillators.
From July 2011 she joined the group of quantum and nonlinear optics at Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO) of CNR (Italy). She, with her coworker, have realized of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) emitting continuous radiation, locked to an optical frequency comb synthesizer. OPO’s with high spectral purity and tunable over a wide range in the mid-infrared region are expected to be suitable sources for applications in precision ro-vibrational spectroscopy of cold molecular beams.
In 2010 the she worked on the ET (Einstein Telescope) project. This project has aimed to realize a conceptual design of a third generation of gravitational waves detector, based on innovative ideas and high-impact scientific technologies.
During her PhD, from 2006 to 2009, Simona Mosca worked in for the Virgo experiment, an Italian-French experiment between INFN and CNRS, aimed at detecting gravitational waves. During the same period, she joined the Virgo Optics Group at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), working on the Advanced Virgo project, with the purpose to further improve the final sensitivity of the interferometer. In particular, she was involved into an R&D activity concerning the injection of a high power laser inside the advanced interferometer, to reduce the quantum noise at high frequencies. She has mainly focused on the study of thermally-induced depolarization effect in a FI in terms of quantum conversion of the photon spin into orbital angular momentum.
She was also involved in several Virgo scientific runs, performed in coincidence with LIGO and GEO, two GW detector located in the USA and in German, respectively.