Riccardo Piccoli received, in July 2009, his Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Pavia (Italy), discussing the thesis: "Characterization of spectral and spatial profile of laser sources". Then, in 2010, he received a Diploma in Piano from the Academy of Music and, finally, the Master's Degree in Optoelectronic Engineering in July 2011 defending a thesis on tunable passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser stabilized by spectral filtering supervised by Prof. G. Reali and Prof. A. Agnesi. In novembre 2011 he started a PhD related to the design, development and characterization of ultrafast passively mode-locked Yb-doped oscillators and amplifiers at the same university. He also investigated frequency down conversion in the mid-IR via parametric generation (OPG/OPA) as application of pulsed fiber lasers in MOPA configuration in collaboration with Max Born Institute (Prof. V. Petrov, Berlin). He then did a period abroad at Swansea University (Wales, Uk), Multidipliscinary Nanotechnology Center, under the supervision of Prof. S. Taccheo, where he studied Photodarkening effect in aluminosilicate highly Yb-doped fibers. This research was a part of the european project LIFT (Leadership in Fiber Technology, Grant 228587).
Since February 2015, he joined INRS-EMT as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof. R. Morandotti and Prof. L. Razzari, where he is investigating Terahertz broadband pulse generation and guiding as well as design and characterization of nanoplasmonic devices.