Conferences and Workshops
International Conference on Atomic Physics (ICAP) 2008
From: Winthrop Smith, Robin Cote, and Phillip Gould, University of Connecticut-Storrs
The 21st International Conference on Atomic Physics (July 27 - August 1, 2008 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT) is part of an ongoing series of conferences devoted to fundamental studies of atoms, broadly defined. A Web site with the Conference Program and Abstracts can be found at: http://www.phys.uconn.edu/icap2008
The ICAP papers encompass forefront research on basic AMO physics, emphasizing atoms and their interactions with each other and with external fields. These meetings grew out of the molecular beams conferences of the Rabi group. The first ICAP was at NYU in 1968. Later conferences have been held all even-numbered years, alternating between North America and other locations, including Europe and recently Brazil, with the next conference planned for Cairns, Australia in 2010. Historically, topics have included quantum electrodynamics, tests of basic symmetries (PCT), precision measurements (including atomic clocks and fundamental constants), laser spectroscopy, ultracold atoms and molecules, Bose-Einstein condensates, degenerate Fermi gases, optical lattices, quantum computing/quantum information with atoms and ions, coherent control, and ultrafast and intense field interactions. Notably, all invited talks are plenary. AMO Nobel laureates Phillips, Cornell, Glauber, Chu and Ketterle will speak at ICAP 2008. The conference is to be preceded by a one-week Summer School for new AMO researchers, organized by the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms in Cambridge, MA. Proceedings will be uploaded to the Web when they are ready.
Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)
Call for proposals and Annual Users Meeting October 15-18, 2008.
From: Linda Young, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
The world’s first x-ray free electron laser, the new Linac Coherent Light Source at Stanford, is scheduled to produce first light in May 2009, with AMO experiments to begin in August 2009. The first beams will be in the soft x-ray region, 800 – 2000 eV, with estimated pulse parameters 1013 photons/pulse, ~100 fs at 120 Hz. Proposals are now being solicited for experiments with soft x-rays at the AMO station (http://lcls.slac.stanford.edu/user/). For technical information on the AMO station, contact email@example.com. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 1, 2008.
The 2008 LCLS/SSRL User Meeting will be held October 15-18 at SLAC (http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/ssrl-lcls/2008/). October 15 will be a full day describing updates on the LCLS status, endstation plans and user access policies. October 16 will have joint sessions between LCLS and SSRL (Stanford Synchrotron Light Source) featuring science highlights. Of special interest to the DAMOP community, on October 17, there will be a workshop Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics with the LCLS, organized by John Bozek (LCLS) and Linda Young (ANL). The purpose of this workshop is to discuss AMO experiments for the LCLS. The AMO instrument will be the first online at LCLS, and by the time of this workshop the first round of proposals will have been submitted for consideration. Scientific opportunities and technical challenges for x-ray FEL AMO experiments will be discussed.
Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC)
From: Tim Gay, Univ. of Nebraska
The Sixty First Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) will be held Oct 13-17, 2008 at the Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum by the Galleria in Dallas, Texas.
The GEC Executive Committee invites the submission of abstracts. Topics include: basic phenomena and plasma processes in partially ionized gases; and the theory and measurement of basic atomic and molecular collision processes. Papers reporting on experimental, theoretical, and computational studies that address either fundamental properties of low-temperature plasmas or their applications are encouraged.
Applications of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Heavy particle interactions: ion-atom, ion-molecule, neutral-neutral
- Electron and photon collisions with atoms and molecules
- Ionospheric phenomena, Ion sources
- Plasma processing of materials including semiconductors
- Metals, insulators, MEMS devices and displays
- Biological and emerging applications of plasmas
- Plasma-surface interactions, Plasma diagnostics
- High pressure and micro-plasmas
- Gas discharge lamps, Gas laser
- Plasma chemistry and combustion
- Plasma aerodynamics
Although most papers will deal with low-energy processes, papers that concern electronic or radiative processes produced by high-energy electrons or heavy particles are also welcome.
Additional details can be found at the conference website http://www.utdallas.edu/gec/.
Deadlines: Abstracts – Past, Early registration – August 15, Room reservations – September 21.
DAMOP at the 2009 APS March Meeting
From: Erich Mueller, Cornell
The 2009 APS March Meeting will be held March 16-20, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA. At the 2008 APS March Meeting, DAMOP sponsored 16 sessions, with nearly 200 abstracts. We expect that DAMOP will represent a similarly large presence next year. We will be sponsoring a "Tutorial" on "cold atoms in optical lattices", and Focus Sessions on "disorder in ultra-cold gases", "magnetism in ultra-cold gases", "number or mass imbalanced Fermi gases and BEC-BCS crossover", and "dipolar gases / cold molecules". Please consider nominating speakers for invited talks–in the past we have had great invited symposia, and this can only continue with active participation from the members of DAMOP. The program committee can only invite speakers who have been nominated. The call for abstracts will be put out in August, and will include details of how to submit an abstract and how to nominate speakers. The abstract deadline will be November 21, 2008.