Andrea Cavalleri receives Frank Isakson prize from the American Physical Society

APS cites 'pioneering contribution' to ultra-fast optical spectroscopy

March 20, 2018
Professor Andrea Cavalleri has been awarded the 2018 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids by the APS. He received the prize at the March meeting of the APS in Los Angeles, California.
Andrea Cavalleri receives the Frank Isakson Prize 2018

The Frank Isakson Prize is awarded biennially for outstanding optical research which leads to breakthroughs in the condensed matter sciences.

The prize citation quotes Professor Cavalleri’s “pioneering contributions to the development and application of ultra-fast optical spectroscopy to condensed matter systems." His research, says the APS, is "providing insight into lattice dynamics, structural phase transitions, and the non-equilibrium control of solids”.

Cavalleri’s work involves a combination of intense TeraHertz pulses, used to manipulate the properties of solids, and femtosecond x-rays from Free Electron Lasers, to study their dynamics.

This was most vividly demonstrated in his studies of non-equilibrium superconductivity far above the thermodynamic transition temperature.

Andrea Cavalleri is founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany, where he leads the Condensed Matter Dynamics Department. He is also a Professor of Physics at the Universities of Hamburg and Oxford.

Cavalleri: "I want to stabilise exceptional states of matter."

Prof Andrea Cavalleri speaks about his research at the MPSD after receiving the Frank Isakson Prize 2018.
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