Michele Buzzi

  • Scientist



Condensed Matter Department,
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, CFEL

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.051
Luruper Chaussee 149
22761 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: +49-(0)40-8998-88115
Email: michele.buzzi@mpsd.mpg.de

Short bio

Michele completed his master degree at the University of Parma (Italy) in 2011 and received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Basel (Switzerland) in 2015. During his doctorate he focused on studying the effect of electric fields and ultrashort laser pulses in magnetic materials and multiferroics using soft x-ray spectroscopies both at synchrotrons (Swiss Light Source (CH), Diamond (UK), BESSY (DE)) and at the free electron laser FLASH in Hamburg. He joined Andrea's group in 2016.

Michele’s research interests involve the control of quantum materials using intense THz and mid-infrared pulses. He is particularly interested in organic materials, where excitation of local molecular vibrations can modify the electronic interaction parameters to reveal dynamical states not accessible at equilibrium. To this end, he uses different time-resolved spectroscopies to track the changes in materials’ properties induced upon photoexcitation.

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)  

Higgs-mediated optical amplification in a non-equilibrium superconductor
Michele Buzzi, Gregor Jotzu, Andrea Cavalleri, J. Ignacio Cirac, Eugene A. Demler, Bertrand I. Halperin, Mikhail D. Lukin, Tao Shi, Yao Wang, and Daniel Podolsky
Physical Review X 11, 011055 (2021)


Evidence for metastable photo-induced superconductivity in K3C60
M. Budden, T. Gebert, M. Buzzi, G. Jotzu, E. Wang, T. Matsuyama, G. Meier, Y. Laplace, D. Pontiroli, M. Riccò, F. Schlawin, D. Jaksch, A. Cavalleri
Nature Physics, advance online feb 4 th2021


→ MPSD press release and more


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


Photo-induced electron pairing in a driven cavity
Hongmin Gao, Frank Schlawin, Michele Buzzi, Andrea Cavalleri, Dieter Jaksch
Physical Review Letters 125, 053602 (2020)


Measuring non-equilibrium dynamics in complex solids with ultrashort x-ray pulses
Michele Buzzi, Michael Först, Andrea Cavalleri
  Philosophical Transactions A (DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0478)


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)  

Probing dynamics in quantum materials with femtosecond X-rays
Michele Buzzi, Michael Först, Roman Mankowsky, and Andrea Cavalleri
Nature Reviews Materials, 3pages 299311 (2018)