International school on Ultrafast Xray Science

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"Paris-Saclay Ultrafast X-ray Science School" is a thematic school organized by the Institute for the Sciences of Light of Paris-Saclay University in collaboration with the “The Frontiers of Attosecond and Ultrafast X-ray Science School" of Erice (Italy). It is scheduled every other year at Paris-Saclay University, alternating with the School of Erice. 

Ultrafast X-ray Science 2022

The 1st edition in France will take place October 10-14, 2022. It aims at providing the audience with a general view on the fundamental concepts and basics of ultrafast X-ray and attosecond science, as well as on a series of applications. It will cover topics spanning from the development of ultrafast light sources of visible, XUV and X-ray radiation, including High Harmonic Generation and Free Electron Lasers, to the study of quantum systems in different states of matter, in both gas and condensed phases.

The School will offer a high-profile training opportunity for newcomers in the field, master and PhD students, as well as postdocs and junior researchers, and a chance to discover the laboratories of Paris-Saclay University in the area of the Sciences of Light. Distinguished lecturers will each provide two one-hour lectures on a general topic, scheduled on two different days. In addition, they will also give a seminar describing their own research, thus giving insight into current hot research topics. The lecturers will remain available for informal post-course discussions most of the week.

The schedule will include numerous opportunities for informal exchanges, from common meal times (including breakfast) to generous poster sessions. An afternoon will be dedicated to on-campus laboratory visits, and a cultural afternoon in Paris will complement the program.



Lou DiMauro (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA)

Fundamentals of strong field physics and high-harmonic generation

 Seminar "Turning the table on strong field physics" 


François Légaré (INRS-ALLS, Varennes, Canada)

 High-power laser technologies for ultrafast X-ray science

Seminar "A novel approach for pulse compression based on multidimensional solitary states in hollow core fiber"


Christophe Nicolas (Synchrotron SOLEIL, Saint-Aubin, France)

A journey all along a photon beamline: aligning scientific needs with technological capabilities

 Seminar "Chemistry triggered by high energy photons "


 Christian Ott (Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg, Germany)

The ultrafast response of nonlinear light-matter interaction: learning from spectral line shapes

 Seminar "Probing and controlling resonant transitions in atoms and molecules with intense XUV FELs"


 Giuseppe Sansone (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Attosecond photoionization using FEL and HHG sources

 Seminar "Attosecond metrology and coherent control at FELs"


Sangeeta Sharma (Max Born Institute, Berlin, Germany)

 Transient x-ray spectroscopy for ultrafast magnetism: theoretical description

 Seminar "Femto- Phono- magnetism"


Paris Tzallas (FORTH-Crete, Heraklion, Greece)

Quantum optics in intense laser-matter interactions

 Seminar "Strong laser fields and their power to generate optical Schrödinger cat states"


Morgane Vacher (Nantes Université, France)

Ultrafast electron and nuclear dynamics in molecules

 Seminar "From photochemistry to attochemistry and X-ray spectroscopy simulations "



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