Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science LACUS

Fundamental and practical challenges facing our society can be addressed with new methods and thus approached from a new perspective. Examples of present day challenges are energy conversion, information technology, new materials and biology and medicine.Over the last decade, ultrafast science and technology have made enormous progress, opening a large variety of new research fields and applications. Examples include table-top high-harmonic generation that allow new forms of spectroscopy and diffraction, lab-based sources of ultrashort electron pulses and sources of terahertz radiation that opened new directions in materials science, chemistry and biology and new sources of ultrashort X-ray pulses, such as X-ray free electron lasers.The Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS) brings together the EPFL teams working in Ultrafast Science and Technology with experimental and theoretical methods as well as those using ultrafast technology in different applications. Research areas are very diverse, spanning from fundamental to applied research and they present a very high degree of complementarity. Several EPFL groups are pioneers in ultrafast science and technology and LACUS pools in the expertise in the development and the use of advanced ultrafast laser technology, X-ray and electron technology and associated methods, along with the EPFL theory groups. It also aims at complementing and strengthening existing Swiss scientific infrastructures, e.g. the Swiss Light Source and the SwissFEL.


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ICO/IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics 2021 to Giulia F. Mancini

— Giulia Fulvia Mancini wins the 2021 Young Scientist Prize in Optics for her “contributions to imaging and scattering of nanostructured materials using high- harmonic soft X-ray sources and research on extreme ultraviolet imaging"

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The 2021 Ernst Haage Award to Rebeca Gomez Castillo

— Ernst Haage PhD Award 2021 for outstanding research achievements in chemistry.

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Making cryo-EM 1000x faster

— Our approach for making cryo-EM 1000x faster has been selected as a Frontiers Article in Chemical Physics Letters.

Majed Chergui. Credit: EPFL

Majed Chergui elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences

— EPFL Professor and founding director of the Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS), Majed Chergui, has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.

Professors Mazzanti, Chergui, Aye, and Queen. Credit: EPFL

ACS awards and honors for EPFL scientists

— Four scientists from EPFL’s Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering have won awards and honors from the American Chemical Society.

Anatomy of the Eye, authored by al-Mutadibih © the Cairo National Library

Optics and Arabic science EPN2020

— Arabic science of light: The birth of modern optics and of the experimental method

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2020 PHYS Division Young Investigator Awards

— Edoardo was awarded another prize, this time for the ACS, entirely based on his thesis work on TiO2.

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New quasiparticle unveiled in room temperature semiconductors

— Physicists from Switzerland and Germany have unveiled fingerprints of the long-sought particle known as Mahan exciton in the room temperature optical response of the popular methylammonium lead halide perovskites.

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International Workshop "Electrons, Photons and Plasmons-2020"

— Save the date : June 3-5 2020, Nyon, Switzerland 

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Real-time observation of jumping and spinning nanodroplets

— Our manuscript entitled 'Real-time observation of jumping and spinning nanodroplets' has been accepted for publication in Structural Dynamics. 

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