Prize Recipient

Giada Cantono

Giada Cantono
Lund University


"For pioneering work on surface-plasmon enhanced radiation sources in ultrashort laser-grating interaction at relativistically strong intensities, which led to the demonstration of a source of beamed, quasi-collinear high charge multi-MeV electron bunches and attosecond XUV photon bursts."


Giada Cantono received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physics from Università di Pisa (Italy, 2011 and 2014). Steering her research to high intensity laser-plasma interactions, she carried out her final master’s project at Queen’s University of Belfast, under the co-supervision of professors M. Borghesi and A. Macchi (CNR/INO, Italy). Further on, she pursued experimental studies of laser-driven particle acceleration at Laboratoire Intéractions Dynamiques et Lasers (LIDYL) of CEA Saclay (France), where she completed her PhD in 2017 co-supervised by A. Macchi and Dr. T. Ceccotti. Her research interests include laser-matter interactions at high intensity, laser-driven ion acceleration, high-field plasmonics, plasma diagnostics, with a preferred focus on experimental and numerical investigations. She currently runs experimental activity on these topics as PostDoc researcher at Lund University (Sweden).

Selection Committee:

2019 Selection Committee Members: Rami Kishek (Chair) (UMd), Bruce Dunham (Vice-Chair) (SLAC), Rui Li (Past Chair) (JLab),Themis Mastoridis (CalPoly), Alexander Valishev (FNAL), John Zasadzinski (IIT), Sergei Nagaitsev (FNAL) - 2018 prize winner advisor.