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We are looking for motivated master students to work in the following topics :
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Attosecond electron dynamics: from atoms to bio-relevant molecules
The temporal resolution provided by XUV attosecond pulses (1 as= 10-18 s) allows one to follow the electron dynamics in matter. The research activity at the basis of the thesis work is focused on the investigation of the ultrafast electron dynamics occurring in atoms and bio-relevant molecules.

Attosecond dynamics in solids: from bulk to advanced 2D materials
After the initial development in gas phase, attosecond spectroscopy techniques are now ready for application to condensed targets where fundamental physics questions related to the coherent response during light-matter interaction still remain unanswered.  In order to answer them, we need a probe capable to interview the sample with sub-femtosecond time resolution. Attosecond extreme-ultraviolet pulses represent the perfect tool to reach this goal.

Ultrafast UV-XUV spectroscopy: towards a complete study of DNA sub-units
DNA absorbs strongly photons in the harmful UV range (200-300 nm), which can potentially induced a photo-damage of the base sequence.  Nevertheless, the vast majority of excitations do not trigger photoreactions because the excess of energy after UV excitation is efficiently dissipated by DNA on ultrafast time scales (e.g. tens of femtoseconds for the nucleobases). This thesis is focused on the development of an innovative UV beamline to track the fundamental physical processes in DNA subunits occurring in the first few femtoseconds after UV excitation.

For applications, please contact:

Prof. Mauro Nisoli
mauro.nisoli@polimi.it
+39 02 2399 6167

Dr. Matteo Lucchini
matteo.lucchini@polimi.it
+39 02 2399 6591

Dr. Rocío Borrego-Varillas
rocio.borrego@polimi.it
+39 02 2399 6581