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Steering attosecond electron dynamics in biomolecules with UV-XUV LIGHT pulses

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postcode: 22607

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 1˙497˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-09-30


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 Project objective

One of the challenges facing science is to understand the chemical origin of DNA damage-induced mutations. Upon exposure to UV light, DNA nucleobases become electronically excited. This process potentially favors mutagenic miscoding of the DNA sequence. The main target of STARLIGHT is to study with unprecedented temporal resolution (few-femtoseconds/attoseconds) the electron dynamics occurring in UV photoexcited biomolecules. I will mainly consider aromatic complexes including DNA nucleobases (and ultimately DNA) with the aim of tracking in real time the electron dynamics preceding structural changes potentially leading to damage. The proposed research is based on a bottom-up approach: it allows one to understand the physical origin of a variety of light-driven processes occurring in more complex biological systems of crucial importance in photochemistry and photobiology, with tremendous prospects in phototherapy. Electron motion in molecules occurs on a temporal scale ranging from few femtoseconds down to attoseconds. Attosecond science is nowadays a well-established field and electron dynamics has been successfully studied in atoms and small molecules. The work recently conducted by the PI has demonstrated that this technology is mature and ready to be applied to more complex systems such as biomolecules. Electron dynamics will be resonantly activated in biomolecules by few-cycle UV pump pulses and subsequently probed by as-XUV pulses or few-fs-UV pulses. Through time-resolved measurements of the molecular photo-fragmentation, gas-phase spectroscopy will be used to elucidate the role of electrons in the photoreactivity of the molecule in a solvent-free environment. With the final goal of steering the electronic motion, circularly polarized UV pulses will be also used to induce electronic currents in cyclic biomolecules. These ring currents can be exploited to generate intense magnetic fields with promising applications in molecular electronics and quantum control.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Kiyoshi Ueda, Emma Sokell, Stefan Schippers, Friedrich Aumayr, Hossein Sadeghpour, Joachim Burgdörfer, Christoph Lemell, Xiao-Min Tong, Thomas Pfeifer, Francesca Calegari, Alicia Palacios, Fernando Martin, Paul Corkum, Giuseppe Sansone, Elena V Gryzlova, Alexei N Grum-Grzhimailo, Maria Novella Piancastelli, Peter M Weber, Tobias Steinle, Kasra Amini, Jens Biegert, Nora Berrah, Edwin Kukk, Robin S
Roadmap on photonic, electronic and atomic collision physics: I. Light–matter interaction
published pages: 171001, ISSN: 0953-4075, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6455/ab26d7
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 52/17 2019-10-29
2018 Manuel Lara-Astiaso, Mara Galli, Andrea Trabattoni, Alicia Palacios, David Ayuso, Fabio Frassetto, Luca Poletto, Simone De Camillis, Jason Greenwood, Piero Decleva, Ivano Tavernelli, Francesca Calegari, Mauro Nisoli, Fernando Martín
Attosecond Pump–Probe Spectroscopy of Charge Dynamics in Tryptophan
published pages: 4570-4577, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01786
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/16 2019-10-29
2019 Mara Galli, Vincent Wanie, Diogo Pereira Lopes, Erik P. Månsson, Andrea Trabattoni, Lorenzo Colaizzi, Krishna Saraswathula, Andrea Cartella, Fabio Frassetto, Luca Poletto, François Légaré, Salvatore Stagira, Mauro Nisoli, Rebeca Martínez Vázquez, Roberto Osellame, Francesca Calegari
Generation of deep ultraviolet sub-2-fs pulses
published pages: 1308, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/ol.44.001308
Optics Letters 44/6 2019-10-29
2018 F. Calegari, A. Trabattoni, E. Månsson, J. B. Greenwood, P. Decleva, F. Martìn, M. Nisoli
Attosecond spectroscopy of bio-chemically relevant molecules
published pages: 415 - 461, ISSN: 0035-5917, DOI: 10.1393/ncr/i2018-10150-2
Rivista del nuovo cimento 041(08) 2019-10-29
2018 M. C. Castrovilli, A. Trabattoni, P. Bolognesi, P. O’Keeffe, L. Avaldi, M. Nisoli, F. Calegari, R. Cireasa
Ultrafast Hydrogen Migration in Photoionized Glycine
published pages: 6012-6016, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02089
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/20 2019-10-29
2017 L. Seiffert, Q. Liu, S. Zherebtsov, A. Trabattoni, P. Rupp, M. C. Castrovilli, M. Galli, F. Süßmann, K. Wintersperger, J. Stierle, G. Sansone, L. Poletto, F. Frassetto, I. Halfpap, V. Mondes, C. Graf, E. Rühl, F. Krausz, M. Nisoli, T. Fennel, F. Calegari, M. F. Kling
Attosecond chronoscopy of electron scattering in dielectric nanoparticles
published pages: 766-770, ISSN: 1745-2473, DOI: 10.1038/nphys4129
Nature Physics 13/8 2019-09-02
2015 A. Trabattoni, M. Klinker, J. González-Vázquez, C. Liu, G. Sansone, R. Linguerri, M. Hochlaf, J. Klei, M. J. J. Vrakking, F. Martín, M. Nisoli, F. Calegari
Mapping the Dissociative Ionization Dynamics of Molecular Nitrogen with Attosecond Time Resolution
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.5.041053
Physical Review X 5/4 2019-09-02
2017 T. Takanashi, N. V. Golubev, C. Callegari, H. Fukuzawa, K. Motomura, D. Iablonskyi, Y. Kumagai, S. Mondal, T. Tachibana, K. Nagaya, T. Nishiyama, K. Matsunami, P. Johnsson, P. Piseri, G. Sansone, A. Dubrouil, M. Reduzzi, P. Carpeggiani, C. Vozzi, M. Devetta, M. Negro, D. Faccialà, F. Calegari, A. Trabattoni, M. C. Castrovilli, Y. Ovcharenko, M. Mudrich, F. Stienkemeier, M. Coreno, M. Alagia, B. Schütte, N. Berrah, O. Plekan, P. Finetti, C. Spezzani, E. Ferrari, E. Allaria, G. Penco, C. Serpico, G. De Ninno, B. Diviacco, S. Di Mitri, L. Giannessi, G. Jabbari, K. C. Prince, L. S. Cederbaum, Ph. V. Demekhin, A. I. Kuleff, K. Ueda
Time-Resolved Measurement of Interatomic Coulombic Decay Induced by Two-Photon Double Excitation of Ne 2
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.033202
Physical Review Letters 118/3 2019-09-02
2017 Mauro Nisoli, Piero Decleva, Francesca Calegari, Alicia Palacios, Fernando Martín
Attosecond Electron Dynamics in Molecules
published pages: 10760-10825, ISSN: 0009-2665, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00453
Chemical Reviews 117/16 2019-09-02
2016 Francesca Calegari, Andrea Trabattoni, Alicia Palacios, David Ayuso, Mattea C Castrovilli, Jason B Greenwood, Piero Decleva, Fernando Martín, Mauro Nisoli
Charge migration induced by attosecond pulses in bio-relevant molecules
published pages: 142001, ISSN: 0953-4075, DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/49/14/142001
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 49/14 2019-09-02
2018 Q Liu, L Seiffert, A Trabattoni, M C Castrovilli, M Galli, P Rupp, F Frassetto, L Poletto, M Nisoli, E Rühl, F Krausz, T Fennel, S Zherebtsov, F Calegari, M F Kling
Attosecond streaking metrology with isolated nanotargets
published pages: 24002, ISSN: 2040-8978, DOI: 10.1088/2040-8986/aa9b08
Journal of Optics 20/2 2019-09-02
2017 E. P. MÃ¥nsson, S. De Camillis, M. C. Castrovilli, M. Galli, M. Nisoli, F. Calegari, J. B. Greenwood
Ultrafast dynamics in the DNA building blocks thymidine and thymine initiated by ionizing radiation
published pages: 19815-19821, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02803B
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19/30 2019-09-02
2017 Kühn, Sergei; Dumergue, Mathieu; Kalashnikov, Mikhail; Calegari, Francesca; Devetta, Michele; Frassetto, Fabio; Månsson, Erik; Poletto, Luca; Stagira, Salvatore; Vozzi, Caterina; Nisoli, Mauro; Rudawski, Piotr; Kahaly, Subhendu; Maclot, Sylvain; Campi, Filippo; Wikmark, Hampus; Arnold, Cord L.; Heyl, Christoph M.; Johnsson, Per; L’Huillier, Anne; Lopez-Martens, Rodrigo; Haessler, Stefan; Bocoum, Maïmona; Mondal, Sudipta; Boehle, Frederik; Vernier, Aline; Iaquaniello, Gregory; Skantzakis, Emmanuel; Papadakis, Nikos; Kalpouzos, Constantinos; Tzallas, Paraskevas; Lépine, Franck; Charalambidis, Dimitris; Varjú, Katalin; Füle, Miklós; Osvay, Károly; Sansone, Giuseppe; Csizmadia, Tamás; Farkas, Balázs; Major, Balázs; Várallyay, Zoltán; Cormier, Eric
The ELI-ALPS facility: the next generation of attosecond sources
published pages: , ISSN: 0953-4075, DOI: 10.3204/PUBDB-2017-10783
Journal of physics / B 50(13), 132002 -(2017). doi:10.1088/1361-6455/aa6ee8 2 2019-09-02
2016 D. Iablonskyi, K. Nagaya, H. Fukuzawa, K. Motomura, Y. Kumagai, S. Mondal, T. Tachibana, T. Takanashi, T. Nishiyama, K. Matsunami, P. Johnsson, P. Piseri, G. Sansone, A. Dubrouil, M. Reduzzi, P. Carpeggiani, C. Vozzi, M. Devetta, M. Negro, F. Calegari, A. Trabattoni, M. C. Castrovilli, D. Faccialà, Y. Ovcharenko, T. Möller, M. Mudrich, F. Stienkemeier, M. Coreno, M. Alagia, B. Schütte, N. Berrah, A. I. Kuleff, G. Jabbari, C. Callegari, O. Plekan, P. Finetti, C. Spezzani, E. Ferrari, E. Allaria, G. Penco, C. Serpico, G. De Ninno, I. Nikolov, B. Diviacco, S. Di Mitri, L. Giannessi, K. C. Prince, K. Ueda
Slow Interatomic Coulombic Decay of Multiply Excited Neon Clusters
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.276806
Physical Review Letters 117/27 2019-09-02
2016 Francesca Calegari, Giuseppe Sansone, Salvatore Stagira, Caterina Vozzi, Mauro Nisoli
Advances in attosecond science
published pages: 62001, ISSN: 0953-4075, DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/49/6/062001
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 49/6 2019-09-02
2017 P. Carpeggiani, M. Reduzzi, A. Comby, H. Ahmadi, S. Kühn, F. Calegari, M. Nisoli, F. Frassetto, L. Poletto, D. Hoff, J. Ullrich, C. D. Schröter, R. Moshammer, G. G. Paulus, G. Sansone
Vectorial optical field reconstruction by attosecond spatial interferometry
published pages: 383-389, ISSN: 1749-4885, DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2017.73
Nature Photonics 11/6 2019-09-02

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