“Antonio Feltrinelli Giovani” Award to Matteo Lucchini
Awarded by the Accademia dei Lincei for its research and experimental activities
The Accademia dei Lincei has awarded the "Antonio Feltrinelli Giovani" Prize for Physics to Matteo Lucchini, researcher at the Physics Department of the Politecnico di Milano, for his research activities in the field of attosecond science.
The "Antonio Feltrinelli Giovani" Prizes are awarded by the Accademia to Italian researchers under 40 who have achieved results of clear originality, autonomy and international relevance in one of the following areas: Mathematics, Astronomy, Biology, Physics, Virology.
Matteo Lucchini is 37 years old, studied Physics Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano and received his PhD in 2012. From 2012 to 2017 he was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich before returning in 2017 to do research at the Department of Physics at the Politecnico, where he currently coordinates the scientific activities of the three attosecond laboratories.
Since his PhD, Lucchini has studied and developed innovative techniques for generating laser light pulses lasting a few tens of attoseconds (1 as = 10-18 s), which are the fastest man-made events created; he has then applied these pulses to the study of fundamental phenomena occurring in the ultrafast dynamics of electrons in solids (dielectrics, metals or semiconductors).