59th Course: “The Frontiers of Attosecond and Ultrafast X-ray Science”
Erice, Sicily, Italy: March 19-28, 2017.


The new millennium witnessed two revolutionary breakthroughs in ultrafast x-ray science. In 2001, two independent groups reported the formation of attosecond pulses of XUV radiation. Since that time the field of attosecond science has grown exponentially and new attosecond laboratories have emerged throughout the world. Similarly in 2009 the world’s first x-ray free-electron laser, XFEL, known as LCLS, became operational at SLAC in the USA. The LCLS has produced unprecedented coherent x-ray pulses with femtosecond brevity and gigawatt peak power. These x-ray devices impact is far reaching encompassing applications in fundamental physics to the biological sciences. Since the operation of the LCLS a number of XFELs have or will become operational in the near future.The tremendous growth in these two related areas will require the training of young scientists who will push the technology and applications. The primary objective of this new school is to educate the next generation of scientists who will impact the future of attosecond and ultrafast x-ray science. We anticipate that the school will meet on a regular basis every two years and become a foundation for the ultrafast community. Consequently, the main topics of the course are the following: (i) attosecond science and technology, devoted to the generation and application of attosecond pulses to the investigation of electronic dynamics in atoms, molecules, nanostructures and condensed phases; (ii) fundamentals, methods and applications of free electron lasers, synchrotron radiation, ion collisions in atomic and molecular science.

Lectures will cover current developments in theory and experiments but are also intended to give the basics of the field. Poster sessions allowing participants to show their work are planned.

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