Andrea Trabattoni

Post doctoral researcher

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestrasse 85 (building 49a, room 215)
22607 Hamburg

Imaging chemical dynamics


The main topic of my research project is laser-induced electron diffraction on 3D complex molecules. By shining the molecule under study with ultra intense laser pulses, valence electrons are extracted from the target by tunnel ionisation. Then the photoelectrons are accelerated by the laser field and can eventually recollide and scatter with the parent ion, creating a coherent diffraction pattern in the far field. The diffraction pattern, treated with proper algorithms, allows one to disclose important information about the time-dependent structure of the molecule, with an unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution.

Curriculum Vitae

2016 - presentAlexander von Humboldt fellow at Center for Free Electron Laser Science(CFEL), DESY, Hamburg
Proposal title: Structure-resolved ultrafast dynamics in complex molecules by laser-induced electron diffraction
2015Postdoctoral Researcher at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Project title: Molecular dynamics induced by monochromatized XUV light
2011-2014PhD cum laude – Experimental Physics, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Thesis title: Attosecond electron dynamics in complex molecular systems
2006-2011Master Graduation cum laude – Theoretical Physics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Thesis title: Stopping light in two dimensional quasicrystalline waveguides