Daniele Nicoletti

  • Scientist


Condensed Matter Department,
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, CFEL
Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.061
Luruper Chaussee 149
22761 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)40-8998-88120

Short bio

After having completed his Master studies in 2006, Daniele joined the PhD school in Physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in the group of Prof. Paolo Calvani and Prof. Stefano Lupi. During his PhD, he investigated the low-energy electrodynamics of high-temperature superconductors with steady-state Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, using both conventional and synchrotron-based radiation sources.

In February 2010, he successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title “Metallic-phase instabilities driven by temperature and doping in superconducting cuprates”.


Soon after, he joined Andrea’s group in Hamburg, where he is currently working as a scientist. His research activity focuses on the study of nonequilibrium superconducting states induced by laser pulse stimulation at infrared and terahertz frequencies. He is primarily working on high-TC cuprates and organic molecular superconductors, but his interests extend, more generally, to the optically-driven nonlinear dynamics in a variety of complex solids. To this end, he is combining a broad spectrum of pump-probe techniques with the use of high external pressures and strong magnetic fields.


Research interests

Experimental Techniques

Selected publications

Terahertz phase slips in striped La2−xBaxCuO4
D. Fu, D. Nicoletti, M. Fechner, M. Buzzi, G. D. Gu, A. Cavalleri
PDF* Physical Review B 05, L020502 (2022)  

Dynamical Superconductivity in a Frustrated Many-Body System
J. Tindall, F. Schlawin, M. Buzzi, D. Nicoletti, J. R. Coulthard, H. Gao, A. Cavalleri, M. A. Sentef, D. Jaksch
Physical Review Letters 125, 13 (2020)


Photomolecular High-Temperature Superconductivity
M. Buzzi, D. Nicoletti, M. Fechner, N. Tancogne-Dejean, M. A. Sentef, A. Georges, T. Biesner, E. Uykur, M. Dressel, A. Henderson, T. Siegrist, J. A. Schlueter, K. Miyagawa, K. Kanoda, M.-S. Nam, A. Ardavan, J. Coulthard, J. Tindall, F. Schlawin, D. Jaksch, and A. Cavalleri
Physical Review X 10, 031028 (2020)

⇒ Science 369, 6506, Editor's Choice:'A transient superconductor' by Jelena Stajic


Pump Frequency Resonances for Light-Induced Incipient Superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.5
B. Liu, M. Först, M. Fechner, D. Nicoletti, J. Porras, B. Keimer, A. Cavalleri
Physical Review X 10, 011053 (2020)


Magnetic-Field Tuning of Light-Induced Superconductivity in Striped La2−xBaxCuO4
D. Nicoletti, D. Fu, O. Mehio, S. Moore, A. S. Disa, G. D. Gu, and A. Cavalleri
 Physical Review Letters,121, 267003 (2018)


Pressure tuning of light-induced superconductivity in K3C60
A. Cantaluppi, M. Buzzi, G. Jotzu, D. Nicoletti, M. Mitrano, D. Pontiroli, M. Riccò, A. Perucchi, P. Di Pietro, A. Cavalleri
Nature Physics, 14, 837841 (2018)  
Anomalous relaxation kinetics and charge density wave correlations in underdoped BaPb1-xBixO3
D. Nicoletti, E. Casandruc, D. Fu, P. Giraldo-Gallo, I. Fisher, A. Cavalleri
PNAS, 114,34, 9020–9025 (2017)  
⇒ Press release  
Optical melting of the transverse Josephson plasmon: a comparison between bilayer and trilayer cuprates
W. Hu, D. Nicoletti, A. V. Boris, B. Keimer and A. Cavalleri
Physical Reviev B, 95, 104508 (2017)  
Dynamical decoherence of the light induced inter layer coupling in YBa2Cu3O6+δ
C. R. Hunt, D. Nicoletti, S. Kaiser, D. Pröpper, T. Loew, J. Porras, B. Keimer, A. Cavalleri
Physical Review B94, 224303 (2016)  
Nonlinear light–matter interaction at terahertz frequencies
D. Nicoletti and A. Cavalleri
Advances in Optics and Photonics, 8, 3, pp. 401-464 (2016)  
Parametric Amplification of a Terahertz Quantum Plasma Wave
S. Rajasekaran, E. Casandruc, Y. Laplace, D. Nicoletti, G. D. Gu, S. R. Clark, D. Jaksch, A. Cavalleri
Nature Physics, 12, 1012–1016 (2016)  
→ Press releases  
Restoring interlayer Josephson coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4 by charge transfer melting of stripe order
V. Khanna, R. Mankowsky, M. Petrich, H. Bromberger, S. A. Cavill, E. Möhr-Vorobeva, D. Nicoletti, Y. Laplace, G. D. Gu, J. P. Hill, M. Först, A. Cavalleri and S. S. Dhesi
Physical Review B 93, 224522 (2016)  
Possible light-induced superconductivity in K3C60 at high temperature
M. Mitrano, A. Cantaluppi, D. Nicoletti, S. Kaiser, A. Perucchi, S. Lupi, P. Di Pietro, D. Pontiroli, M. Riccò, S. R. Clark, D. Jaksch, and A. Cavalleri
Nature, 530, 461–464 (2016)  
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High-Field High-Repetition-Rate Sources for the Coherent THz Control of Matter
B. Green, S. Kovalev, V. Asgekar, G. Geloni, U. Lehnert, T. Golz, M. Kuntzsch, C. Bauer, J. Hauser, J. Voigtlaender, B. Wustmann, I. Koesterke, M. Schwarz, M. Freitag, A. Arnold, J. Teichert, M. Justus, W. Seidel, C. Ilgner, N. Awari, D. Nicoletti, S. Kaiser, Y. Laplace, S. Rajasekaran, L. Zhang, S. Winnerl, H. Schneider, G. Schay, I. Lorincz, A. A. Rauscher, I. Radu, S. Mährlein, T. H. Kim, J. S. Lee, T. Kampfrath, S. Wall, J. Heberle, A. Malnasi-Csizmadia, A. Steiger, A. S. Müller, M. Helm, U. Schramm, T. Cowan, P. Michel, A. Cavalleri, A. S. Fisher, N. Stojanovic & M. Gensch
Scientific Reports, 6, 22256 (2016)  
The strength of electron electron correlation in Cs3C60
L. Baldassarre, A. Perucchi, M. Mitrano, D. Nicoletti, C. Marini, D. Pontiroli, M. Mazzani, M. Aramini, M. Riccó, G. Giovannetti, M. Capone & S. Lupi
Scientific Reports, 5, 15240 (2015)  
Wavelength-dependent optical enhancement of superconducting interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4
E. Casandruc, D. Nicoletti, S. Rajasekaran, Y. Laplace, V. Khanna, G. D. Gu, J. P. Hill, and A. Cavalleri
Physical Review B, 91, 17 (2015)  
Two distinct kinetic regimes for the relaxation of light-induced superconductivity in La1.675Eu0.2Sr0.125CuO4
C. R. Hunt, D. Nicoletti, S. Kaiser, T. Takayama, H. Takagi, and A. Cavalleri
Physical Review B 91, 020505(R) (2015)    
Optically-induced superconductivity in striped La2-xBaxCuO4 by polarization-selective excitation in the near infrared
D. Nicoletti , E. Casandruc, Y. Laplace, V. Khanna, C. R. Hunt, S. Kaiser, S. S. Dhesi, G. D. Gu, J. P. Hill, A. Cavalleri
Physical Review B, 90, 100503(R), (2014)  
Optically induced coherent transport far above Tc in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+δ
S. Kaiser, C. R. Hunt, D. Nicoletti, W. Hu, I. Gierz, H. Y. Liu, M. Le Tacon, T. Loew, D. Haug, B. Keimer, and A. Cavalleri
Phys. Rev. B 89, 184516 (2014)
Optically enhanced coherent transport in YBa2Cu3O6.5 by ultrafast redistribution of interlayer coupling
W. Hu, S. Kaiser, D. Nicoletti, C. R. Hunt, I. Gierz, M. C. Hoffmann, M. Le Tacon, T. Loew, B. Keimer & A. Cavalleri
Nature Materials, 13, 705–711 (2014)  
⇒ News & Views by N. Peter Armitage → Press releases
Optically induced coherent transport far above Tc in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+δ
S. Kaiser, C. R. Hunt, D. Nicoletti, W. Hu, I. Gierz, H. Y. Liu, M. Le Tacon, T. Loew, D. Haug, B. Keimer, and A. Cavalleri
Phys. Rev. B 89, 184516 (2014)  
Pressure-Dependent Relaxation in the Photoexcited Mott Insulator ET-F2 TCNQ: Influence of Hopping and Correlations on Quasiparticle Recombination Rates
M. Mitrano, G. Cotugno, S.R. Clark, R. Singla, S. Kaiser, J. Stähler, R. Beyer, M. Dressel, L. Baldassarre, D. Nicoletti, A. Perucchi, T. Hasegawa, H. Okamoto, D. Jaksch and A. Cavalleri
Physical Review Letters, 112, 117801  
Optical Properties of a Vibrationally Modulated Solid State Mott Insulator
S. Kaiser, S. R. Clark, D. Nicoletti, G. Cotugno, R. I. Tobey, N. Dean, S. Lupi, H. Okamoto, T. Hasegawa, D. Jaksch & A. Cavalleri
Scientific Reports, 4, Article number: 3823 (2013)  
An extended infrared study of the p,T phase diagram of the p-doped Cu-O plane
D. Nicoletti, P. Di Pietro, O. Limaj, P. Calvani, U. Schade, S. Ono, Yoichi Ando, and S. Lupi
New Journal of Physics 13, 123009 (2011)  
A microscopic view on the Mott transition in chromium-doped V2O3
S. Lupi, L. Baldassarre, B. Mansart, A. Perucchi, A. Barinov, P. Dudin, E. Papalazarou, F. Rodolakis, J.-P. Rueff, J. P. Itié, S. Ravy, D. Nicoletti, P. Postorino, P. Hansmann, N. Parragh, A. Toschi, T. Saha-Dasgupta, O. K. Andersen, G. Sangiovanni, K. Held, and M. Marsi
Nature Communications 1, 105 (2010)  
High-temperature optical spectral weight and Fermi liquid renormalization in Bi-based cuprates
D. Nicoletti, O. Limaj, P. Calvani, G. Rohringer, A. Toschi, G. Sangiovanni, M. Capone, K. Held, S. Ono, Yoichi Ando, and S. Lupi
Physical Review Letters 105, 077002 (2010).  
Far-infrared absorption and the metal-to-insulator transition in hole-doped cuprates
S. Lupi, D. Nicoletti, O. Limaj, L. Baldassarre, M. Ortolani, S. Ono, Yoichi Ando, and P. Calvani
Physical Review Letters 102, 206409 (2009)