International Symposium on “Electron dynamics and electron mediated phenomena at surfaces: femto-chemistry and atto-physics”, Ultrafast2008


2008/05/07 - 2008/05/08
Donostia International Physics Center
Organized by Fundación Areces and DIPC-D.Sánchez-Portal and P.M. Echenique
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International Symposium on “Electron dynamics and electron mediated phenomena at surfaces: femto-chemistry and atto-physics”, Ultrafast2008

 The International Symposium “Electron dynamics and electron mediated phenomena at surfaces: femto-chemistry and atto-physics”, UltraFast2008 will take place in the Donostia International Physics Center on May 7-8 2008.

The UltraFast2008 workshop is co-organized by the Ramon Areces Foundation ( and Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC, ) in  the city of San Sebastian. The symposium will take place in the premises of the DIPC and will gather a relatively small and selected group of scientist working in the field of electron dynamics and related subjects. We want to focus mainly in the implications of the dynamical processes to the basic understanding of the physics and chemistry of materials and, in particular, of surfaces. Some lectures on the state of the art in fast time-dependent processes in atoms and molecules will be included as well. The aim of this high-level scientific meeting is to debate about the current status of the field, new perspectives and hot topics, and the basic physics underlying observed phenomena.

The workshop will take place in the charming city of San Sebastian (or Donostia in the Basque language). San Sebastian is built in the seashore, within a nice and small bay, and has several beaches where you can walk and swim within a walking distance from the historical center and the DIPC. Donostia-San Sebastián is located in the northeast of the Spanish Basque Country: 110 km from Bilbao, 500 km from Madrid, and 800 km from Paris. This charming medium-size city is set in a picturesque countryside, on the edge of the Biscay Gulf and surrounded by mountains. You can find information about the city and the Basque Country, respectively, at: (Spanish, English, French) (Spanish, English, French)


If you wish to attend to the symposium you should register as soon as possible: we have only room for a public of approx. 40 people (plus the 20 invited speakers). Applications will be considered in a first-come-first-served basis. There will be no fee to attend the Symposium, the event being sponsored by the Ramón Areces Foundation and the DIPC. Attendants have to reserve and pay their acommodation by themselves. Information about accommodation nearby the DIPC can be found below.

To register use the on-line form in this web site or send an email to the address:

Please do not forget to include the words "Ultrafast 2008" in the subject of the message.


Attophysics and femtochemistry are the sciences of electrons in motion. Electrons in motion carry electronic current, emit electromagnetic waves, create or destroy molecules, and cause radiation damage in biological systems. Consequently, they are key players in information, industrial, and medical technologies and physical, chemical, and life sciences likewise. In integrated circuits their motion switches current and voltage within picoseconds. In molecules electrons form chemical bonds. On being excited they can trigger chemical and biochemical reactions within femtoseconds. Their oscillatory motion in atoms with a period of 1-2 femtoseconds or less is responsible for emission of visible, ultraviolet, and x-ray light. Electrons travel relevant distances in atoms, molecules, and nanometer-scale semiconductor structures in tens to thousands of attoseconds. Obtaining a detailed in-sight into this motion and gaining the ability to control it will have important implications for many fields of science. Speeding up electronics, steering chemical/biochemical reactions, developing sources of laser-like ultraviolet and x-ray light, and better radiation therapies most likely constitute only a minority of future implications.

The Ultrafast2008 Symposium will gather a selected group of scientist working in the field of electron dynamics and related subjects. This high-level scientific meeting will focus in the implications of electron dynamical processes to the basic understanding of the physics and chemistry of materials. We will debate about the current status of the field, new perspectives and hot topics. Some important open questions are: Can chemical and biological reactions be steered by controlling electronic motion on molecular orbitals? How does radiation damage biological systems? What are the most effective ways to excite atoms and molecules to highly excited states and how this excitation and the subsequent decay processes can be influenced by electromagnetic fields? Can electromagnetic fields be used to influence the flow of electrons in nanometer scale electronic devices? Will this open a route for a faster operation of electronic devices?


1) Prof. D. R. Herschbach
Department of Chemistry
Harvard University, USA

2) Prof. Andrey G. Borissov
Laboratoire des Collisions Atomiques et Moléculaires,
Université de Paris-Sud, France

3) Dr. Adrian L. Cavalieri,

Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Germany

4) Prof. Dr. Reinhard Doerner
Institut fuer Kernphysik

5) Prof. Dr. W. Eberhardt
BESSY m.b.H.,  Germany

6) Prof. Dr. Thomas Fauster
Institut für Angewandte Physik
Universität Erlangen - Nürnberg, Germany

7) Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Freund
Department of Chemical Physics
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft , Germany

8) Prof. Branko Gumhalter
Institute of Physics,
Zagreb, Croacia

9) Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heinzmann
Molekül- und Oberflächenphysik

Universität Bielefeld, Germany

10) Prof. Dr. Ulrich Höfer
Fachbereich Physik
Philipps-Universität Marburg , Germany

11) Prof. A. K. Kazansky
Fock Institute of Physics,
State University of Sankt Petersburg, Russia

12) Dr. Jörg Kröger
Institut fuer Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik
Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel, Germany  

13) Prof. Dr. Dietrich Menzel
TU München
Physik-Department E20, Germany

14) Dr. Tadaaki Nagao
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

15) Prof. Dr. José Ignacio Pascual
Institut für Experimentalphysik
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

16) Prof. Dr. Hrvoje Petek
University of Pittsburgh
Physics & Astronomy Department , USA

17) Prof. Dr. W. Pfeiffer

Universität Bielefeld
Molekül- und Oberflächenphysik
Fakultät für Physik - D4
Bielefeld, Germany 

18) Prof. Dr. Mark I. Stockman
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Georgia State University, USA

19) Prof. Dr. Martin Weinelt
Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy,

20) Prof. Dr. Martin Wolf
Department of Physics
Free University Berlin, Germany

21) Prof. Dr. Wilfried Wurth
Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences,

University of Hamburg, Germany

22) Prof. Dr. Helmut Zacharias

Physikalisches Institut
Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität,  Germany 

Acommodation information  (Invited speakers, please take into account that this information does not apply to you)

Hotel reservations should be made by the symposium attendants themselves. Special rates will be offered to all attendants in the Ultrafast2008  Symposium at Hotel NH Aranzazu, Hotel Costa Vasca and at the University residence Colegio Mayor Olarain. These places are at walking distance from the conference venue (Donostia International Physics Center, DIPC).

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee availability of rooms, so make your reservations as soon as possible.

In order to make a reservation, please contact directly the hotel, either by email or phone (see below). You should mention that you are attending the `Ultrafast2008 Symposium´ at the DIPC in order to get the special rates. Although online reservations are also possible, we strongly recommend you not to do it so to avoid misunderstandings with the special rates offered to the Ultrafast2008 participants.

Hotel NH Aranzazu
C/ Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1
20018 San Sebastián-Donostia
Phone number: (+34) 943 219077
URL: NH Hoteles - Hotel Aranzazu

Hotel Costa Vasca
Avda. Pío Baroja, 15
20008 San Sebastián-Donostia
Ph.: (+34) 943 317 950
Fax: (+34) 943 212 428
URL: Barceló Hotels - Hotel Costa Vasca

Colegio Mayor Olarain
Paseo de Ondarreta 24,
20008 San Sebastián-Donostia
Phone number: (+34) 943 003300
Fax: (+34) 943 003309

For information on other hotels and lodging options in Donostia-San Sebastián, either visit the following page: Accommodation in Donostia, or go directly to the web page of the Donostia Town Hall. There you will find some of the hotels that are located at walking distance from the DIPC: Hotel San Sebastián (H****), Hotel Hespería (H****), Hotel Codina (H***), Hotel La Galería (H**), Pensión Chomin (P**).

Other interesting links

Searchable Town Map

BUSES - Donosti - San Sebastian


Ultrafast2008 Secretary

Donostia International Physics Center ( DIPC)
Tlf: (+34) 943 01 8415
FAX: (+34) 943 01 5600