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Centre for Ultrafast Science and Biomedical Optics, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. The Physics Department has devoted his mission to develop research in Physics of Matter and Photonics. CUSBO, established in 2000 and located at the department, groups together a series of about 15 laboratories with a long standing tradition in the field of laser sources and time-resolved measurements. This is in order to offer at the national and international research community a unique and coherent access point for applications in different fields of physics, engineering and biomedicine.

Excellence: CUSBO presents a wide offer in the following fields: (i) Ultrashort light pulse generation and application to the study of ultrafast phenomena in the matter; (ii) Photonics for health, food and cultural heritage, focussed on the applications of innovative photonic systems to interdisciplinary fields. As major excellence set-ups, CUSBO provides: (i) Tunable femtosecond XUV (14-50 eV) pulses from a time-delay compensated monochromator (<10 fs) with pump-probe set-up; (ii) Set-up for attosecond transient absorption and reflection spectroscopy; (iii) High time-resolution (<15fs) transient absorption and 2-D electronic spectroscopy in the UV; (iv) Coherent Raman scattering microscopy for cell and tissue imaging; (v) TimeDomain Diffuse correlation spectroscopy; (vi) Diffuse Raman spectroscopy; (vii) Multicolor light sheet fluorescence microscopy; (viii) Structured light imaging system; (ix) Spectral widefield and time-gated hyperspectral photoluminescence microscopy.


- Broadband, electrically tunable third-harmonic generation in graphene, G. Soavi et al., Nature Nanotech. 13, 583 (2018)
- Ultrafast carrier thermalization in lead iodide perovskite probed with two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy, J.M. Richter et al., Nature Commun. 8, 376 (2017)
- Attosecond Chronoscopy of Electron Scattering in Dielectric Nanoparticles, L. Seiffert et al., Nature Phys. 13, 766 (2017)
- LHCII can substitute for LHCI as an antenna for photosystem I but with reduced light-harvesting capacity, M.Bressan et al., Nature Plants 9, 16131 (2016)
- Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Microscopy Combined with X-ray Analyses and Raman Spectroscopy Sheds Light on the Imperfect Synthesis of Historical Cadmium Pigments, M.Ghirardello et al., Analytical Chemistry 90,10771 (2018)