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Dr. Francesca Calegari received an ERC Starting Grant for her research on “Steering Attosecond electron dynamics in biomolecules with UV-XUV LIGHT pulses” – STARLIGHT.

The aim of the STARLIGHT project is to understand the role of the electron dynamics in the UV light induced photo-chemical processes of biomolecules, potentially leading to e.g. DNA damage. These investigations shall be carried out in a hitherto unprecedented temporal resolution in the range of few-femtoseconds to attoseconds.
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