Sergio Carbajo

Sergio Carbajo


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Our research is founded on the following four intersecting areas that seed new concepts, theory, and experiments in the advancement of ultrafast photon sciences and light-matter interactions:
1. Quantum optics, ultrafast and nonlinear optics, and structured photonics
2. Ultrafast sciences & molecular dynamics, (soft) condensed matter physics
3. Particle accelerators and X-ray free electron lasers
4. Critically representative science and technology, and queered science and technology studies
Sergio Carbajo is an assistant professor at the UCLA Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and affiliate professor at the Physics Departments and is also visiting professor at the Photon Science Division at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University. He graduated with a BS in Telecom Engineering from Tecnun, Universidad de Navarra in 2009. In 2012, he received his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at Colorado State University. Later he continued his joint doctoral program simultaneously at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Center for Free Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2015. He has received several awards recognizing his contributions to photon sciences and their application in ultrafast phenomena, including the 2021 Horizon Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2021 SPIE Early Career Award, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship in 2019, SRI 2018 Young Scientist Award, and the PIER Helmholtz Foundation Dissertation Award in 2015, among others. He is also actively focused on professional service and outreach activities devoted to underrepresented minorities and to promote equity in educational and professional opportunities. Sergio also teaches ultrafast and quantum optics and accelerator physics courses periodically at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. He currently holds two patents, is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications—including two book chapters—and has presented his work in over 50 international conferences.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry 2021 Horizon Prize (co-recipient)
  • 2021 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award
  • 2019 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow
  • SRI 2018  Young Scientist Award
  • PIER Helmholtz Foundation Dissertation Award, 2015
  • PIER Helmholtz Mobility Award for Young Investigators, 2014
  • 2014 US Particle Accelerator School Fellow
  • 2011 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Awardee § XRM2010 Best Student Poster Presentation Award
  • 2010-2014 Basque Research Excellence Fellow
  • 2010 Colorado State University Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence Scholar
  • 2009 AVS Symposium Best Student Presentation
  • 2008-2009 FARO Global Scholar