Control of Ultrafast (Attosecond and Strong Field) Processes Using Structured Light

Moved from 2020 to 2023 due to Covid-19:

International Seminar & Focus Workshop
26 June - 14 July 2023
(focus workshop: 3 - 5 July 2023)

Attosecond and strong field physics are evolving in new directions, unified by the concept of lightwave electronics: from the generation of structured pulses with tailored angular momentum properties, the control of the enantiosensitive electronic response in chiral molecules, the study of non-linear properties of solid-state materials, to the generation and application of electron matter-wave vortices.

Topics include

  • ultrafast quantum dynamics with vector beams
  • ultrafast lightwave electronics, valleytronics and spintronics
  • chirality and topology in non-linear and ultrafast light-matter interaction
  • generation, control, and application of electron matter-wave vortices
  • high harmonic generation in solid-state materials and structured targets
  • generation of attosecond pulses with tailored angular momentum properties
  • attosecond spectroscopy of electron dynamics in solids
  • ultrafast electronic and vibronic response of chiral molecules
  • ultrafast magnetism driven by structured light beams
  • generation of coherent structured x-rays

Invited speakers

David Ayuso (DE)
André D. Bandrauk (CA)
Herman Batelaan (US)
Dieter Bauer (DE)
Jamal Berakdar (DE)
Utso Bhattacharya (ES)
Xue-Bin Bian (CN)
Jens Biegert (ES)
Thomas Brabec (CA)
Joachim Burgdoerfer (AT)
Martin Centurion (US)
Ming-Chang Chen (TW)
Oren Cohen (IL)
Paul Corkum (CA)
Kevin M. Dorney (US)
Nirit Dudovich (IL)
Charles Durfee (US)
Ilya Fabrikant (US)
Thomas Fennel (DE)
Chris Greene (US)
Rupert Huber (DE)
Kenichi Ishikawa (JP)
Álvaro Jiménez Galán (DE)
Ido Kaminer (IL)
Sophie Kazamias (FR)
Margarita Khokhlova (DE)
Manfred Lein (DE)
Chii-Dong Lin (US)
Lars Bojer Madsen (DK)
Francois Mauger (US)
Nicola Mayer (DE)
Dejan B. Milosevic (BA)
Toru Morishita (JP)
Margaret Murnane (US)
Jean Marcel Ngoko-Djiokap (US)
Andrés Ordoñez (ES)
Serguei Patchkovskii (DE)
Gerhard G. Paulus (DE)
Liang-You Peng (CN)
Antonio Picón (ES)
Emilio Pisanty (ES)
Luis Plaja (ES)
Tenio Popmintchev (US)
Fabien Quéré (FR)
David Reis (US)
Angel Rubio (DE)
Thierry Ruchon (FR)
Rui Silva (ES)
Olga Smirnova (DE)
Giulio Vampa (US)
Stefan Witte (NL)
Matthias Wollenhaupt (DE)

Scientific Coordinators

Carlos Hernández-Garcia
(Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)

Mikhail Ivanov
(Max-Born-Institut & Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

During the focus workshop we will have a hybrid session dedicated to the memory and scientific contributions of
Prof. Anthony Starace who was also instrumental in laying the foundation for this event.

Members of the scientific committee

Jean Marcel Ngoko-Djiokap
(University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA)

Katarzyna Krajewska
(University of Warsaw, Poland)

Maria Richter
(Max-Born-Institut, Berlin, Germany)

Laura Rego 
(Imperial College London, UK & Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)


Maria Voigt
(MPIPKS, Dresden, Germany)


We plan for an in-person event, with all participants attending on-site. Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form on the event‘s web page. The application deadline is 15th March 2023. The number of attendees is limited.

The registration fee for the international seminar and focus workshop is 140 Euro and should be paid by all participants. The Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems will take care of all arrangements concerning accommodation which will be provided throughout the entire event.

Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses. 

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Preliminary scientific program structure

seminar period - 26 June to 2 July 2023
focus workshop - 3 to 5 July 2023
seminar period - 6 to 14 July 2023


The detailed scientific program of the event will be availale in May 2023.

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