Angela Montanaro receives the prize ‘Laura Bassi’ by the SIF


Angela Montanaro

Angela Montanaro, research collaborator at Elettra Synchrotron Trieste, was awarded the “Laura Bassi” prize for Women in Physics of the Italian Physical Society (SIF). The Italian Physical Society is an association funded more than a century ago to promote the study of Physics across Italy and every year awards prizes to scientists who have particularly distinguished themselves for their research activities.

This year, at the opening ceremony of the 109th Congress of the Society in Salerno (11th-15th September 2023), Dr. Angela Montanaro was awarded this prestigious prize for her research activity carried out at the Laboratory Q4Q (Quantum Spectroscopies for Quantum Materials) at Elettra. In particular, the Scientific Committee acknowledged her contributions to the study and control of the quantum properties of complex materials through the light-matter interaction and her participation to mentoring programs to promote women in science. The prize has been officially presented by the President of the Society, Prof. Angela Bracco, in front of the Congress attendees and the institutional offices, including the President of Campania Vincenzo De Luca and the President of the National Research Council Prof. Maria Chiara Carrozza.


Angela Montanaro started her collaboration with Elettra in 2017, when she joined the Q4Q team led by Prof. Daniele Fausti for her master thesis project. She graduated in Physics at University of Trieste in 2018 and obtained a PhD in Physics from the same University in 2022. All the experimental research activity in her PhD project has been carried out at Elettra. She is currently a post-doc researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nüremberg and a research collaborator at the Laboratory Q4Q at Elettra.

Montanaro’s research interests focus on the dynamical study of quantum materials via time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. Through the interaction with ultrashort light pulses, Montanaro not only studies the optical response of these systems, but she also aims at macroscopically controlling their functional properties. Her interests mainly lie in high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprates and the study of layered van der Waals semiconductors. Furthermore, she is involved in the development of correlation-based spectroscopic techniques that, going beyond what is readily available in the mean-value response, may exploit higher-order statistical tools to study the complex phenomenology of quantum materials.

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