Attosecond Science: Status and Prospects

Coordinators: Andre Dieter Bandrauk, Nathaniel J. Fisch, Anthony F. Starace

Investigations of laser-matter interactions have entered a new temporal regime, the regime of attosecond science. It is a main "spin-off" of strong field (i.e., intense laser) physics, in which nonperturbative effects are fundamental.  Attosecond pulses open up new avenues for time-domain studies of multi-electron dynamics in atoms, molecules, plasmas, and solids on their natural, quantum mechanical time scale and at dimensions shorter than molecular and even atomic scales. These capabilities promise a revolution in our microscopic knowledge and understanding of matter. 

Conference Purpose and Themes

This four day conference will take place during the first week of the seven week long workshop on “Attosecond Science” to be held during 31 July - 15 September at the KITP. The purpose of the conference is to provide an intensive overview of the themes on which the workshop will focus over the course of the following six weeks:

  • Issues in Attosecond Pulse Generation
  • Super Intense Laser-Plasma Interactions
  • Characterization and Control of Attosecond Pulses
  • Coherent X-Ray Sources; Cluster Physics
  • Theoretical Methods for Ultrafast Processes
  • Novel Scientific Directions and Applications

Conference Registration:

Participation in the conference does not require participation in the workshop.  Those wishing to attend the conference must register using the link above.


Wilhelm Becker, Max Born Institute-Berlin (Germany)
Thomas Brabec, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Philip Bucksbaum, Stanford University (U.S.A.)
Joachim Burgdörfer, Vienna University of Technology (Austria)
Todd Ditmire, University of Texas-Austin (U.S.A.)
Louis DiMauro, Ohio State University (U.S.A.)
Richard R. Freeman, Ohio State University (U.S.A.)
Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics-Heidelberg (Germany)
Ferenc Krausz, MPI for Quantum Optics-Garching (Germany)
Anne L’Huillier, Lund University (Sweden)
Chii-Dong Lin, Kansas State University (U.S.A.)
Jon Marangos, Imperial College (U.K.)
Deepak Mathur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-Mumbai (India)
Eric Mevel, CELIA, University of Bordeaux (France)
Gérard Mourou, LOA-ENSTA (France)
Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado (U.S.A.)
André Mysyrowicz, LOA-ENSTA (France)
Alexander Pukhov, University of Düsseldorf (Germany)
Jan-Michael Rost, MPI on the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany)
Kenneth J. Schafer, Louisiana State University (U.S.A.)
Armin Scrinzi, Vienna University of Technology (Austria)
Alexander M. Sergeev, Institute of Applied Physics - Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
Alexei V. Sokolov, Texas A&M University (U.S.A.)
Donald P. Umstadter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (U.S.A.)
Marc Vrakking, FOM Institute for Atomic & Molecular Physics-Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Alexander A. Zholents, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S.A.)

Conference Coordinators and Program Committee:

André D. Bandrauk (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada):
Nathaniel J. Fisch (Princeton University, U.S.A.):
Anthony F. Starace (University of Nebraska, U.S.A.):

Advisory Board:

Thomas Brabec (University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)