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The 2nd XLIC Young Scientist Forum was held during the 3rd XLIC General Meeting in Debrecen, Hungary.

It was a special half-day with talks given by  young researchers (PhD students and post-docs). The committee of young researchers selected, on the basis of submitted abstracts, the following young speakers to give a talk at the YSF.

  • Sandra Gomez, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Katrin Tanzer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Helena Levola, University of Turku, Finland
  • Michael Gatchell, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Mark Stockett, AlbaNova University Center, Sweden
  • Aleksander Simonsen, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Morgane Vacher, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Rudy Delaunay, Université de Caen – CIMAP, France
  • András Csehi, University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • Vera Krizova, J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ASCR, Czech Republic
  • Dmitrii Egorov, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Thomas Kierspel, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY and Universität Hamburg, Germany

Young researchers participating at XLIC General Meeting also had the opportunity to present their results as a poster. Two poster sessions were organised in order to exchange views and stimulate discussions on research topics, and to support interdisciplinary communication between the researchers.

The 3rd General Meeting of COST Action CM1204 was organized by K. Tőkési at Centrum Hotel, Debrecen as chair and A. Csehi at University of Debrecen as co-chair.

The site of the Workshop, Debrecen – town since the 14th century – located in the North-Eastern part of Hungary, in the middle of the Hungarian Great Plain at a distance of 220 km (130 miles) from Budapest, is the second largest Hungarian city (with ca. 210,000 inhabitants).

The workshop was an annual meeting of CM1204 action, which deals with physical and chemical phenomena induced by electromagnetic fields and charged particles.

The objectives of workshop were to assess the state of the art in the current understanding of a variety of basic phenomena in the electron and atom dynamics such as charge-exchange processes collective as well as single-particle excitation and ionization, energy loss, and photon emission processes, collision induced physical, chemical and biological reactions radiation damage and materials modification.

The meeting included the following activities: 24 invited talks, 12 oral presentations by early stage scientists and 2 poster sessions. During the poster section 43 posters were presented. The XLIC MC meeting took place on November 2nd. The number of participants was 89.

The final program of the meeting can be found below with the photo of the participants.

The conference was very successful and useful for all participants. The oral lectures satisfied the high standard. During the free times between the sections we had fruitful discussions about the future plans. We have very positive feedbacks from the conference.


The Local Organiser,
Karoly Tokesy, Roland Eötvös Physical Society (Hungary)

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The 3rd XLIC General Meeting will include also the 2nd Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs). The talk format will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion.

Seven young speakers will be selected by the young scientific committee on the basis of the submitted abstracts. The presenting author should attach also a short CV (including information about education, oral presentations and publications). For YSF talk, an abstract has to be submitted before September 15th, 2015.

Moreover, during the meeting, two special poster sessions are foreseen in order to exchange views and stimulate discussion on research topics, and to support interdisciplinary communication between the researchers. All young researchers participating in the XLIC General Meeting are encouraged to present a talk and/or poster.

The length of the abstract is limited to one A4 page, including figures and tables (see

The selection of young speakers will be announced on September 25th, 2015.

The 3rd General Meeting of the COST Action CM1204 “XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry (XLIC)” will be held from 2 to 4 November, 2015 in Debrecen, Hungary. At the end of the first day (around 17 h. ) we will have the 4th XLIC Management Committee meeting, where the main advances of the Action and future directions will be examined.

The conference will consist of 24 lectures given by invited speakers, 12 oral presentations by young  scientists as well as 2 poster sessions. More information can be obtained in the meeting website:

Registration: There is no registration fee to attend the meeting but participants must register  filling the corresponding form before September 20th, 2015.

Accomodation: Due to the intended all-under-one-roof format of the meeting, all participants are strongly advised to stay in the Centrum Hotel, where the conference will take place. The package per person offered by the organizers is 265 EUR in single room and 188 EUR in double room.

Abstracts: The deadline for submitting the abstracts is September 15. Abstracts may be submitted in either Latex or MS Word compatible formats. The corresponding templates and other information can be checked here.

Young Scientists Forum: Young scientists willing to participate in the 2nd XLIC YSF should submit their abstract together with a short CV before September 15th, 2015.
See details here:

Reimbursement: Invited speakers and MC members will be reimbursed for their travel and subsistenceexpenses in accordance to COST rules. Before incurring on any expense, please check COST Vademecum pages 19-23.
In particular, check the supporting documents you should keep in case you are travelling from/to the country where you are residing and keep all the local transport tickets.
Participants are kindly asked to keep their expenses as low as possible and ask only for the amounts they have spent, even if flat rates allow for a higher contribution, so the Action budget can be used to support more activities/participants. Thank you in advance!

3rd General Meeting (Debrecen, HU) – Final Brochure (95 downloads)
3rd General Meeting (Debrecen, HU) – 1st cirsular (52 downloads)

The WG2 expert meeting of XLIC COST Action (CM1204) Energetic Processing of Large Interstellar Molecules took place in Leiden (the Netherlands) at the Lorentz Center. The meeting was co-organized and co-sponsored with the Lorentz Center, the NWO Dutch Astrochemistry Network (DAN), and the Dutch Top Research School NOVA.


The organizers/chairs of the meeting were professors R. Hoekstra (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), H. Cederquist (Stockholm University, Sweden), and A.G.G.M. Tielens (Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands).

The expert meeting aimed at overviewing the state of the art in experimental and theoretical studies on energetic processing of large molecules by ions and photons and the implications for the evolution of astrophysically relevant molecules. The fields of expertise of the participants therefore covered molecular physics, physical chemistry, and astronomy. It included molecular physicists involved in laboratory or quantum chemical studies on the interaction of energetic ions or photons with large molecules and astronomers involved in studies of the origin and evolution of large molecules in space.

The specific objective of the workshop was to identify and initiate joint experimental, theoretical, and observational studies with the aim of understanding energetic processing of large molecules of astrophysical relevance, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as well as carbon chains, and fullerenes.

To facilitate the identification of joint challenges across scientific disciplinary borders, the program started off by talks which introduced the mutual subfields to the participants highlighting the key questions, challenges, and opportunities. These introductory talks were given by Els Peeters, Nigel Mason and Franck Lépine. Four half-day topical sessions of 3 or 4 invited talks provided an in-depth view into the four directions of: “Large molecules in space“, “Molecular processes and structure“, “Particle interactions“, and “Photonic interactions“. For the full program see the attached meeting schedule. Each topical session was concluded by a plenary discussion in which specific points were further clarified and challenges for future research. The discussion sessions were very lively. The very high, overall degree of participation was inspired by the excellent talks and the scaffolding of the Lorentz center which is fully geared to the creation of an inspiring, informal, academic environment and atmosphere for open discussions.

The ample time left in the schedule for informal “splinter” discussions led to a further scientific cross-fertilization. In the concluding session, many topics for concerted research efforts were discussed and generic, prototypeical molecular systems identified that should serve as linking pin systems in projects involving members of the two networks, represented by XLIC and the astronomy network.

It was decided to have a successor meeting on Energetic Processing of Large Molecules (EPoLM-2, April 11-13, 2016). EPoLM-2 will be held in conjunction with the XLIC Stockholm meeting which runs from April 13-15.

The organisers:

Ronnie Hoekstra,
Henrik Cederquist, and
Xander Tielens

Related links:

WG2 Expert Meeting on Large Interstellar Molecules  (Netherlands, May2015) – Program Meeting web site – List of Participants

The 2nd meeting organized in the framework of Working Group 2 of COST Action CM1204 (XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry) took place in Fruska gora (Serbia) from April 27th to April 30th, 2015. It was an expert meeting centered on Biomolecules.

EWG2M_RS-Biomolecules-pictureThis meeting gathered experts from different disciplines (physics, chemistry), experiments and theory to discuss aspects on photon, ion and electron interaction with biomolecules, as well as properties of biomolecules, stability of highly excited and highly charged biological molecules in the gas phase and their reactivity. The aim of the meeting was to initiate new projects and collaborations, inspire new scientific achievements and help promotion of young researchers.
The “WG2 expert meeting on biomolecules” was organized by Aleksandar Milosavljević (Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Paola Bolognesi (CNR-ISM, Rome, Italy) in the “CePTOR congress center” located in Fruška gora (Serbia) from 27th to 30th April 2015.
The meeting format was based on 20 talks (20’) with long discussion time (10’), 1 poster section (with 9 posters) and free time for discussion. Seven talks were given by young researchers.
The total number of participants was 38 (ranged from MSc and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to experienced leading researchers and full professors).

The detailed program of the meeting, the book of abstracts and the full list of attendees can be found following the links below.

Aleksandar Milosavljević (IPB, University of Belgrade, Serbia)
The Local Organiser

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Young’s double-slit experiment with massive particles is nowadays viewed as the simplest demonstration of wave-particle duality. The question of whether it is possible to determine through which slit the particle passes while preserving the interference patterns has been the object of passionate scientific and philosophical discussions. According to Bohr’s complementarity principle of Quantum Mechanics, the determination of which slit the particle passes through inevitably destroys the wave aspects and implies the disappearance of the interference. Einstein disagreed with this point of view and argued that it would be possible to obtain detailed information on position and momentum by using the universally accepted laws of conservation of energy and momentum. To prove it, he suggested a “gedanken” experiment, the so called «Einstein-Bohr recoiling double-slit gedanken experiment», in which one of the two slits in Young’s experiment is allowed to move.  Measuring the momentum transfer between the particle and the moving slit would allow one to identify which slit the particle passed through on its way to the screen. And this without destroying the interference pattern.  In this work, Fernando Martín comments on the first experimental realization of the Einstein-Bohr “gedanken” experiment by using a molecular double slit. The original article (X-J. Liu et al. Nature Photon. 9, 120, 2015) involved groups of the XLIC Action and the experiment was performed at
the SOLEIL synchrotron (France).

“Thought experiments made real”, Fernando Martín, Nature Photonics 9, 76–77 (2015). DOI:10.1038/nphoton.2014.325
“Einstein–Bohr recoiling double-slit gedanken experiment performed at
the molecular level”, Nature Photonics 9, 120-125 (2015). DOI: 10.1038/NPHOTON.2014.289

The 2nd Announcement of the XXIX International Conference on Photonic, Electronic, and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC) to be held in Toledo, Spain, from 22 to 28 July 2015 is now available at

It contains detailed information on the conference venue, scientific program, registration fees and submission of abstracts, as well as travel to Toledo, visas, accommodation, weekend tours, accompanying persons program, satellite meetings, tutorials, and the new ICPEAC dissemination and family experience “International Science Camp” for children (funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT-MINECO)

Abstract submission and registration for ICPEAC 2015 are now open at and respectively.

Calls for nominations for the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 2015 as well as for the Sheldon Datz Prize, to be awarded at the Toledo ICPEAC meeting, are now open. Information is available in the following document (Prizes-call 2015 ) and at the ICPEAC Central website:

Please forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested in attending the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in Toledo,
Prof. Fernando Martín (Local chair)
Prof. Gustavo García (Local co-chair)
Prof. Luis Méndez (Local co-chair)

Ultrafast dynamics: new opportunities and challenges for Paris-Saclay

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9 h – 18 h
Auditorium of Institut d’Optique Graduate School
Avenue Augustin Fresnel, 91127 Palaiseau

Free but MANDATORY registration (see below)


Invited speakers

Dimitris Charalambidis


on-linear processes in the XUV spectral region: An advanced tool for attosecond pulse metrology and application
Eric Constant

CELIA, Bordeaux

Generation of High energy ultrashort XUV pulses for the study of non linear transitions induced by XUV photons
Franck Delmotte

IOGS, Palaiseau

XUV multilayer optics for ultrafast science
Guillaume Dovillaire

Imagine Optic, Orsay

Adaptive optics on high power laser – EUV Wavefront measurement
Marta Fajardo

GoLP/IPFN, Portugal

XUV High-Order Harmonic probing of XFEL created Warm Dense Matter
Olivier Guilbaud

LPGP, Orsay

Coherent soft x-ray sources as a probe for dense plasma physics
Franck Lépine

ILM, Lyon

Attosecond molecular physics, towards applications to complex molecules
Rodrigo Lopez-Martens

LOA, Palaiseau

Applications of attosecond lighthouses
Jan Luning

LCP-MR, Paris

Probing Ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics on the Nanometer Length Scale by Coherent X-ray Diffraction at XFELs
Françoise Remacle

University of Liège

Dynamical Studies of Ultrafast Charge Migration in Diatomic and Modular Molecules Probed by Photoelectron Angular Distributions
Pascal Salières

LIDyL-LFP, Gif-sur-Yvette

Attosecond spectroscopy in the gas phase: from charge migration to ionization delays
Carlo Spezzani

OPT2X, Orsay

Optically induced Fe magnetization reversal in Fe/MnAs/GaAs(001)
Emma Springate

Rutherford Appleton Lab., UK

Time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy in graphene with high harmonics

The program includes :

  • A round table discussion of 50 min will be widely opened to all those who are interested by the perspectives offered by the use of ultrashort XUV sources for applications in their own research fields. The need for accurate source characterization is one of the topics that we propose to address. Please participate actively!
  • A poster session will take place in the entrance hall of IOGS to stimulate discussions during the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet.

The detailed program can be accessed at the link:

Registration form to be send to :

Name/Forename :
Laboratoy :
Poster             oui                   non
Poster title:
Present to the lunch-buffet      oui                   non

An ID card or passport will be mandatory to receive the entrance badge

First XLIC Training School will take place in Zaragoza, at the premises of Z-CAM ( It will be organized in two modules of one week each. Attendees can participate in one or both of them.

Registration should be done through CECAM website and separately for each module. When registering, please, do not forget to mention the XLIC node at which you are affiliated and the estimated cost for your travel expenses. Deadline for applications is January 31st, 2015.

Trainers will carry out a selection on the basis of the candidates’ CVs and inform them on the selection results at the latest by February 6th, 2015.

Financial support: XLIC Action will offer grants to partially cover the participation of young researchers involved in the Action. The number of grants and amount will depend on the number of requests for funding.

Further details on the school and registration details can be found here