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"For implementing novel ultrafast optical spectroscopy techniques to identify and control collective excitations in quantum materials, leading to major contributions in the fields of excitonics and phononics."Background:
Edoardo Baldini was born and raised in Pavia, Italy. He specialized in the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of condensed matter at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, from which he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physics in 2017. Here, he worked in the groups of Prof. Majed Chergui and Prof. Fabrizio Carbone, implementing novel femtosecond laser spectroscopy techniques to unravel the dynamics of collective excitations (e.g., excitons, phonons, plasmons…) in different classes of quantum materials. The thesis has been subsequently published as a book by Springer Nature. Since 2017, Edoardo has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is exploring advanced ultrafast laser schemes to manipulate collective phases of matter under the supervision of Prof. Nuh Gedik. For his experimental work at the intersection between condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, and optical science, Edoardo has been awarded numerous international prizes and fellowships. His current research interests include the non-equilibrium dynamics of cooperative systems, light-induced phase transitions, the coherent control of collective modes, and the nonlinear optical properties of quantum materials.