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Ultrafast electron dynamics in molecules: Working Group 1 Meeting of COST Action CM1204
London, UK.
Thu. 3rd – Fri. 4th July 2014

The first WG1 meeting of COST CM1204 Action was organized by Dr. Olga Smirnova  at University College London. It was aimed at discussing forefront problems and promoting collaborations between the partners.

The meeting was organized in the style similar to Faraday discussions. Five discussion leaders together with the Core groups of participants  formulated discussion materials that were available on-line since early April:

  • Topic 1: XFEL and X-ray spectroscopy: experiment (Discussion leader: Jon Marangos)
  • Topic 2: Theory of atoms and molecules under intense short wavelength radiation  (Discussion leader: Peter Lambropoulos)
  • Topic 3:  High harmonic spectroscopy (Discussion leader: Yann Mairesse)
  • Topic 4: Time-dependent computational methods for multielectron systems in external fields   (Discussion leader: Alejandro Saenz)
  • Topic 5: Multielectron ionization & coupled electron-nuclear dynamics (Discussion leader:  Agapi Emmanouilidou )

In addition there were two “Work in groups” sessions:

  • Group 1: TDDFT and applications to attosecond spectroscopy
    Discussion leaders: Francoise Remacle  and Franck Lepine
  • Group 2: Electron dynamics in strong IR fields
    Discussion leader: Bernard Piraux

Other participants of WG1 read these discussion materials and responded, by sending the abstracts of their contributions. All abstracts were accepted. The program was created on the basis of those materials.

The number of participants was 85, with 13 Action countries represented.
The final program of the meeting can be found below.

The Local Organiser,
Dr. Olga Smirnova

Max-Born Institute
Max-Born strasse 2a, 12489 Berlin
e-mail: olga.smirnova@mbi-berlin.de

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The final programme of the next XLIC General Meeting has already been setled: [2nd_XLIC_GM_programme]

The list of young researchers selected for an oral contribution during the first Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs), is (in the alphabetical order):

  • Cedric Bomme, FLASH, Germany
  • Michael Capron, Univerty of Rennes, France
  • Aurélie Chenel, Université Paris-Sud, France
  • Simone De Camilis, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Ewa Erdmann, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
  • Tor Kjellsson, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Sylvain Maclot, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, France
  • Ana Martín Sómer, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Lihi Musbat, Bar Ilan universityk, Israel
  • Geert Reitsma, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Estefania Rossich Molina, Université Evry Val d’Essonne, France
  • Janne Solanpää, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

The format of the talk is 15 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion.
If not selected as speaker, young researchers participating in the XLIC General Meeting will have an opportunity to present their results as a poster. The format of the poster is of the A1 size.

Looking forward to see you in Gdańsk!

Last version of the meeting program (modified on June 22nd) including poster contributions is now available here

REIMBURSEMENT:
Those meeting participants selected to be reimbursed with Action budget will be informally notified by the Local Organiser.

Due to the transfer of COST from ESF to the COST Association, a new dedicated implementation structure of COST, the release of the new grant to the Grant Holder of the Action has been delayed. As a consequence of this delay the Grant Holder was unable to send out the invitations for the WG1 meeting (July 3-4, 2014) in time.

We have now negotiated with the COST Association Administration the following procedure:
1.) The e-cost invitations will be sent out to participants as soon as the new grant has been released (the COST Association has announced a date for this to be end of June depending on the EC)
2.) Once eligible participants have received these delayed e-cost invitations they can proceed to submit the claim as usual
3.) The submitted claims will then entitle the grant holder to pay expenses to participants’ bank accounts

The 2nd XLIC General Meeting (COST Action CM1204) will be held at Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland) on September 10-12, 2014. It will also host the 3rd XLIC Management Committee (September 10th) and the the Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers.

If you are interested in attend, please, check the new applicable deadlines:

  • Deadline to register (either to the meeting or the YSF): July 8th, 2014
  • Deadline for abstract submission (invited talks, YSF talks and poster contributions): June 20th, 2014
  • Deadline for booking student dormitories: end of July
  • Hotel accomodation: early booking is highly recommended due to the Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be held in Gdańsk in September 2014

For further information referring to the 2nd XLIC General Meeting, please, check the event details or visit the meeting website.

Control of Chemical Reactivity: Working Group 3 Meeting of COST Action CM1204
Birmingham, UK.
Mon. 14th – Wed. 16th April 2014

The meeting was a short workshop aimed at theoreticians and experimentalists interested in using light fields to control molecular reactions. Invited speakers covered a range of topics in the field, such as control in condensed phases, strong field control, polyatomic light-matter interactions, attosecond pulse control. The idea was to bring together people from the different areas to exchange ideas and identify the present state-of-the-art and problems to be solved.

The structure was based on oral presentations including overview seminars from leading researchers, state-of-the-art research talks and presentations by young researchers. Posters were also presented throughout the meeting and at a focused poster session. There were long discussion time amongst participants. wg3-birmingham-group_photo

The number of participants was 39 from 11 countries with a mix of ages and career stages. There was a good atmosphere of discussion at the meeting. The final program of the meeting can be found below.

The Local Organiser,
Prof. Graham Worth
School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, UK

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The 2nd XLIC General Meeting (COST Action CM1204) will be held at Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland) on September 10-12, 2014. It will also host the 3rd XLIC Management Committee (September 10th) and the the Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers.

If you are interested in attend, please, keep in mind the following dates:

  • Deadline to register for the YSF and submit contributions asking for a talk and/or poster: June 8th, 2014
  • Deadline for invited talks, YSF talks and poster contributions: June 8th, 2014
  • Deadline for regular registration: July 8th, 2014
  • Deadline for booking student dormitories: end of July
  • Hotel accomodation: early booking is highly recommended due to the Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be held in Gdańsk in September 2014

For further information referring to the 2nd XLIC General Meeting, please, check the event details or visit the meeting website.

The 1st Young Scientist Forum – a special half-day with talks given by  young researchers (PhD students and post-docs) will be held in Gdansk University of Technology, (Gdansk, Poland), during the 2nd  XLIC General Meeting .

All young researchers participating in the XLIC General Meeting are encouraged to present a talk and/or poster.

Abstracts (either for YSF talk or poster contributions) has to be submitted before the deadline: June 8th, 2014. The length of the abstract is limited to one A4 page, including figures and tables. Participants should use the abstract template to prepare their contribution.

The type of participation you choose should be indicated when registering in the meeting website (http://xlic2014.mif.pg.gda.pl/registration), no later than June 8th, 2014.

The committee of young researchers will select the speakers on the basis of the submitted abstracts and announce it on June 30th , 2014.

CP140509-PLEAIDES-EN(1)In an atom, electrons are often distinguished from “core”, closest to the core, and the “valence” electrons involved in the bonds between the atom and its neighbors if it is part of a molecule. In the latter case, the valence electrons are delocalized over the entire molecule, and it is difficult to know exactly which atom they belong.
With the sensitivity and accuracy of measuring devices at PLEIADES beamline in synchrotron SOLEIL, a team including French and Swedish researchers involved in XLIC Action has managed to trace the origin of atomic valence electrons ejected when X rays impact within a molecule.
Their work has been published in the online journal Nature Communications, on Friday, May 9, 2014.

For more information, please, check:
– press release at SOLEIL Press space: Une nouvelle méthode pour identifier l’origine atomique des électrons de valence moléculaires
the article at Nature Communications
PLEIADES beamline

 

The next big Psi-k conference will take place from the 6-10th of September 2015 in the Kursaal in San Sebastian (the webpage of the conference is under construction).

As in the past, the Program Committee will select around five plenary speakers and several invited speakers, linked to the different Psi-k activities, interests and working groups activities, based on proposals from the community.

Suggestions for a whole invited session (mini symposium ), justifying the relevance of such a session and providing a potential list of invited speakers (estimated duration of half a day or a whole day) can be sent to  angel.rubio@ehu.es , not later than July 15th 2014.

Angel Rubio (chair) Risto Nieminen (co-chair)

A PhD position is available in experimental atomic and molecular physics, where you will be able to study how atoms, molecules and clusters interact with each other and with light. The research in our group is centered around the novel in-house facility, DESIREE (Double ElectroStatic Ion-Ring ExpEriment). In parallel to our experimental work, we develop theoretical models by which the interactions are described analytically or by advanced numerical methods.

Deadline for applications: May 2, 2014

More information here