Structural dynamics in condensed matter & femtosecond x-ray

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Professor Andrea Cavalleri

Clarendon Laboratory, Simon Room
Phone: +44 (0) 1865 272 365
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 272 400
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Our Experimental research program fits at the interface between condensed matter physics, ultrafast optics and x-ray science.  We are interested in the physics of strongly correlated electron systems, and seek to control their structural and electronic phases with ultrashort pulses of light.  We also study the dynamics of phase transitions and of various types of coherent excitations in condensed matter, and use femtosecond x-rays to interrogate them on their elementary timescale.

Recent Publications

Control of the electronic phase of a manganite by mode-selective vibrational excitation. M. Rini, R. Tobey, N. Dean, J. Itatani, Y. Tomioka, Y.Tokura, R. W. Schoenlein & A. Cavalleri 
Nature 449, 72-74 (6 September 2007) 

Coherent orbital waves in the photo-induced insulator–metal dynamics of a magnetoresistive manganite. D. Polli*, M. Rini*, S. Wall*, R. W. Schoenlein, Y. Tomioka, Y. Tokura, G. Cerullo & A. Cavalleri 
Nature Materials6, 643 - 647 (2007) 

Tracking the motion of charges in a terahertz light field by femtosecond X-ray diffraction. A.Cavalleri, S. Wall, C. Simpson, E. Statz, D. W. Ward, K. A. Nelson, M. Rini, R.W. Schoenlein
Nature 442 05041 (2006)


Popular Articles

Double vision A. Cavalleri, Nature 448 651 (2007)