Stefano Bonetti. Photo: Serena Nobili.
Stefano Bonetti. Photo: Serena Nobili.

“Of course it’s quite exciting and gratifying to get such a competitive grant. I now have the possibility to study a truly exciting and elusive natural phenomenon,” says Stefano Bonetti.

Stefano Bonetti’s research project, “Understanding the speed limits of magnetism,” aims at investigating how “spins”, the tiny compasses that are the building blocks of magnetism, behave at the very fast time scales. The phenomenon has baffled scientists for a decade and understanding it requires a new tactic. Stefano Bonetti’s idea is to use novel, different types of lasers (from the far infrared region, also called terahertz, to the x-ray region) that have only recently become available to scientists.

“These studies could help to develop new technologies that are both faster and more energy-efficient than today’s, something we all strive for in the Information Age,” says Stefano.

Stefano Bonetti came to the Department of Physics in fall 2014 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, with the help of a Wallenberg Foundation Repatriation Grant. In March 2015 he received a research position at the Department of Physics with financing from an INCA grant (International Career Grant). The grant is co-financed by the Swedish Research Council and the EU to support young researchers at the beginning of their careers.

With strong financial backing from the European Research Council, Stefano Bonetti can now build an experimental group under the best conditions.