Two prizes for researchers in Physics at the Politecnico di Milano

Matteo Lucchini and Andrea Crespi won the Fresnel Prize from the EPS and the Alfredo di Braccio Award from the Lincean Academy


On 20th June, Matteo Lucchini and Andrea Crespi, two young researchers working at the Physics Department of the Politecnico di Milano, received, along with Lorenzo Rovigatti, the Alfredo di Braccio Award at the Accademia dei Lincei (Lincean Academy). ThePresident of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella was present at the prize-giving ceremony.

Andrea Crespi achieved his Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Physical Engineering in 2008 and his PhD in Physics in 2012, both at the Politecnico di Milano.

His research focuses primarily on designing and creating guided-wave photonic devices, applied particularly to the optic simulation of physical systems and quantum information. The production of these devices makes use of a microfabrication technique with a femtosecond laser process, an innovative technology that allows for the creation of optic circuits according to three-dimensional geometries.

While working on his PhD, and afterwards as a temporary research fellow up until 2015, he worked as a member of Dr Roberto Osellame’s research group, at the Photonics and Nanotechnology Institute of the National Research Council (IFN-CNR), one of the world-leading groups in developing this particular form of technology. Since February 2016 Andrea continues his research activity in this field as a Untenured Researcher.

Matteo Lucchini graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 2009, where he obtained a PhD in Physics in 2012 with a thesis on the development of new techniques for single attosecond impulse generation and its application in molecular dynamics.

He later entered the Physics Department at ETH Zurich, where he achieved a post-doctorate scholarship and began to study electronic dynamics on the timescale of attoseconds in solids with photoemission and photoabsorption spectroscopic techniques.

Matteo is currently a researcher at the Physics Department of the Politecnico di Milano, where he manages the scientific laboratory activity focused on attosecond/femtosecond XUV spectroscopy. His research interests include studying ultrafast electronic dynamics that take place on timescales briefer than a femtosecond in atoms, molecules and solids.

He subsequently won the Fresnel Award, handed out by the European Physical Society for significant contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by scientists under 35 years of age.

The official award ceremony took place on 25th June during the CLEO conference in Munich.

The prize, recognising the category “applicative aspects”, acknowledges “extraordinary contributions in the field of attosecond science. Specifically for the fundamental contribution in investigating attosecond electronic dynamics in solid materials”.