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Photoionization & Photodetachment
Gordon Research Conference

From Attoseconds to Nanoseconds, the Chemistry and Physics of Electrons, Atoms, Molecules, and Light


February 18-23, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Stephen T. Pratt

Vice Chair:
Marc Vrakking

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 21, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

In recent years, the study of photoionization and photodetachment dynamics has contributed tremendously to our understanding of the interplay of the motions of electrons and nuclei in highly excited atoms, molecules, clusters, and nanoparticles. Experimental techniques based on photoionization and photodetachment have also provided new knowledge on the structure and reaction dynamics of both positive and negative ions and neutral molecules, including clusters and short-lived reactive intermediates. One goal of this work is to study the fundamental physical and chemical processes of interest on their natural timescales, which typically ranges from attoseconds to nanoseconds and longer. Our understanding of these phenomena has often been stimulated by theoretical predictions, and the interpretation of the experiments has been guided by detailed theoretical analysis and calculations. Increasingly, complementary tools such as transient absorption, electron diffraction, and coherent diffraction imaging are being developed and applied to provide a more complete picture of the structures, dynamics, and processes of interest. The conference program will focus on the new science revealed through the use of this full range of experimental and theoretical techniques. Efforts to visualize, and ultimately control, electronic and nuclear motion will also be discussed. The field has benefited tremendously from a wide range of technological advances, and the program will include presentations about recent and anticipated advances in both laboratory- and facility-based light sources.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Photoionization & Photodetachment" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Chirality and Stereochemistry
  • Probing Reactive and Transient Species
  • The Attosecond Frontier
  • Electron Transfer, Proton Transfer, and Charge Separation
  • Advances in Light Sources
  • XUV and X-Ray Nonlinear Optics
  • Alternative Probes of Structure and Dynamics
  • Clusters and Liquids
  • Time-Resolved Core-Level Spectroscopy

Supported by Argonne National Laboratory.

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