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Ultrafast control of quantum systems by strong laser fields

Objective

The objective of this project is to set up an Initial Training Network on advanced techniques for ultrafast manipulation of atoms and molecules by strong femtosecond laser pulses. The project comprises a diverse range of applications of strong-field coherent control to ultrafast spectroscopy and microscopy; nuclear and electron wavepacket dynamics; alignment of molecules with applications to collisions, high harmonic generation and adsorption; characterization and control of dissipation; stabilization of cold atoms and molecules; quantum state and process tomography; and ultrafast information processing. The use of strong shaped femtosecond laser pulses opens a novel avenue to control of quantum dynamics via hitherto inaccessible physical mechanisms. The new control scenarios require the development of novel versatile femtosecond sources in the UV and VUV range of high shaping capabilities, to which a part of the research will be dedicated, with anticipated spin-offs of great multidisciplinary interest, e.g. in chemistry and biology. The combined expertise of the network - a joint effort of 10 universities and 3 industrial companies - represents the cutting edge of research and training in femtosecond light-matter interactions in Europe. The network will train 18 doctoral students and about 11 young postdoctoral researchers. The training activities will combine several dedicated instruments of network-wide training, capitalizing on their synergy with a backbone of specialized training inside the groups. The training program will be adapted to the ESRs, with elementary, advanced and expert phases initiated at the network schools and workshops. Prominent scientists from Europe and overseas, and industry leaders from the companies in the network and from outside, will contribute to the schools and workshops. Special attention will be focused on developing important complementary skills, such as communication, presentation, project planning and management.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DIJON BOURGOGNE
Address
Esplanade Erasme Maison De L Universite
21078 Dijon Cedex
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 976 143
Administrative Contact
Cristina Brun (Ms.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 524 095
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michèle Ibanez (Ms.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 378 190,62
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 542 329
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean Clay (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 497 904
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tim Scholze (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 497 465
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bodil Molgaard (Ms.)
FOUNDATION FOR THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 217 322
Address
James Bourchier Blvd 5
1164 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Plamen Fiziev (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 291 474
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar Garcia-Ferrer (Ms.)
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 213 731
Address
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Talia Tzahor (Ms.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 294 977
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Z. Papatheodorou (Ms.)
FASTLITE
France
EU contribution
€ 196 336
Address
165 Rue Des Cistes Pole Entreprise 95, Batiment D
06600 Antibes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Kaplan (Dr.)
FEMTOLASERS PRODUKTIONS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 193 316
Address
Kleinengerdorferstrasse 24
2100 Korneuburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Assion (Dr.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 216 577,38
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kent Lee (Mr.)