XVIIIth International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena 2012

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  • The 2012 Ultrafast Phenomena Conference will be the eighteenth in a series of conferences on advances in ultrafast science and technology. This meeting is widely recognized as the main international forum for gathering the community of scientists and engineers working in research and technology related to ultrafast phenomena. It is indeed a unique opportunity to bring together atomic, molecular and condensed matter physicists, physical chemists, biophysicists and scientists developing new tools, methodologies and techniques, all working on the science of ultrafast phenomena. These phenomena cover the time scales ranging from picoseconds to hundreds of attoseconds.

    In the past ten years, the field of ultrafast phenomena has moved ahead in a breathtaking fashion, thanks in part, to the development of new laser-based sources of ultrashort pulses of electrons and light, such as high harmonic generation, few-cycle optical pulses, sources of short wavelength radiation (e.g., the x-ray free electron laser). The spectral range of ultrashort pulses of radiation has been extended to the long wavelength range such as Terahertz radiation, and the short wavelength range such as vacuum ultraviolet and the soft and hard X-ray domains. Together with the development of new methodologies, e.g. multidimensional spectroscopies, THz spectroscopy, electron-based techniques (EELS, PINEM, etc.), these great leaps forward are delivering an impressive degree of insight into phenomena both within atoms and between atoms.

    At the same time, the flexibility in methodologies opens perspectives for major applications in the fields of solar energy, molecular electronics, optoelectronic devices, biomimetic devices, etc... Last but not least, all this is accompanied by an improvement in theoretical models, strongly supported by the increase in computational power, which are indispensable for our understanding of phenomena on such ultra short time scales.

    The Ultrafast Phenomena Conference series started in 1976 on a biannual basis. The 2012 edition will be the XVIIIth of the series and it will be the fifth time it is hosted in Europe. It will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers sharing a common interest in the generation, manipulation and use of ultra short pulses in the picosecond to the attosecond regimes and their applications to studies of ultrafast phenomena in physics, chemistry, materials science, electronics, biology, engineering, and medical applications. In addition, submissions involving real world applications of ultrafast technology will be encouraged. Finally, a tabletop exhibit featuring leading companies in lasers, optics and optoelectronics and instrumentation will be held in conjunction with the meeting.

    List of topics

    • Biology - Photosynthesis, vision, heme proteins, photoactive proteins, photoisomerization in chromoproteins, wavepacket dynamics, femtobiology, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons, medical applications.
    • Pulse Generation and Measurement - New sources, new wavelength regimes, frequency conversion techniques, amplifiers, attosecond pulse generation, pulse shaping, pulse diagnostics, measurement techniques and frequency standards.
    • Physics - Ultrafast nonlinear optical processes, kinetics of non-equilibrium processes, quantum confinement, coherent transients, nonlinear pulse propagation, novel ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, high tensity physics, attosecond dynamics.
    • Materials science - highly correlated systems, coherent phonons in solids, carrier dynamics in nanoparticles, carbon-based materials, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons.
    • Chemistry - Vibrational and conformational dynamics, energy transfer, femtochemistry, proton and electron transfer, solvation dynamics, wave packet dynamics and coherent control of reactions, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons.
    • Electronics & Optoelectronics - Photoconductivity, generation, propagation and detection of ultrafast electrical signals, plasmonics, terahertz radiation, electro-optical sampling and detectors.
    • Applications - Real world applications of ultrafast technology, including ultrafast near-field, nonlinear and confocal microscopes, real-time/real-space electron microscopy, high speed communication, micromachining and more.


    L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowships for Women in Science

    For recipients of a L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, who are currently conducting research in the field of Ultrafast Phenomena, please contact jcampbell@dgc.loreal.com to inquire about possible funding to attend this conference.

    EPS Conference Grants for Young Scientists

    A few Conference Grants in amount of 350 euro each will be available.

    In order to apply:
    - Register on line for the conference (to open soon)
    - Send your application via email to conferences@eps.org prior 20 April 2012 including Curriculum Vitae and mention the title of the paper you submitted and its reference number.

    EPS Invited Speaker's Grant

    One distinguished speaker at UP 2012 may receive 500 euro max towards travel and living expenses.

    In order to apply:
    - Register on line for the conference (to open soon)
    - Send your application via email to conferences@eps.org prior 1 April 2012

    EPS Young Individual Member Travel Grants

    A new scheme is installed, for travel grants for "young" individual members of the EPS of 350 euro each. Individual members of the European Physical Society who are PhD students can apply for this in the first 5 years after their membership and may receive a grant only once. The grant money should be used to attend a conference or school, which is approved by the EPS (which is the case for UP 2012). Grants will be assigned once a year where the applications should be received by April 2012.

    In order to apply:
    - Please check whether you fulfill the conditions http://www.eps.org/conferences/grants_forms
    - Register on line for the conference (to open soon)

    Send your application via email to conferences@eps.org prior 20 April 2012 including Curriculum Vitae plus list of publications and mention the title of the paper you submitted and its reference number.

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