A special award goes to Gaia Barbiero

Gaia Barbiero has every reason to celebrate following  the 5-day-long “ XII UltraFast Optics Conference” in Bol, Croatia. The 28-year-old doctoral student won the Best Student Presentation Award for her outstanding presentation. “The conference was full of inspiring scientific content that gave me and all the other participants a broad and very interesting overview of ultrafast optics and phenomena, it especially provided many new ideas for my scientific work.” Gaia summarizes the conference with enthusiasm. In her talk, she presented an insight of the first promising steps of her current state of research. The native Italian’s doctoral thesis focuses on the development of a novel, broadband, high-repetition rate, laser source for bio-molecular and bio-medical analysis, with which it will be possible to perform temporal detection of the unique vibrations set of the molecules using a spectroscopic technique called stimulated Raman spectroscopy. “The overall goal is to combine the innovative laser development, in which our group has a high level of expertise, with traditional spectroscopic methods. This will give us the possibility to increase the detection sensitivity and the sample diversity in our analysis,” adds Gaia. Her ambition is also noticeable in the interview, as she feels enthusiastic also within her working environment: “I like the abundance of input that our group environment offers. We have experts in all areas and there is a constant know-how exchange from student to student, but also with guests and professors.”

Gaia Barbiero received her Bachelor Degree in Physics from the Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca, Milan, Italy in 2013 and her Master Degree in Particle and Applied Physics from the same university in 2015 with a thesis on X-ray fluorescence. In 2016, she joined the Department of Physics of Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and Max-Planck-Institut of Quantum Optics as doctoral student. The main subject of her doctoral project is the development of a new ultra-broadband Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy system.

14th November 2019