This symposium is comprising of two closely related Conferences – Ultrafast Bandgap Photonics and Ultrafast Dynamics and Metastability of Transient States and is the seventh in a series of workshops on this topic originally run at the SPIE meeting.
The motivation of these co-convened workshops is to deal with the rapid evolution of Ultrafast Dynamics, Metastability, and Transient Topology of Bandgap Photonics initiated in 2016 in response to a growing interest in athermal non-equilibrium in electronic, magnetic, and optical states induced by ultrashort stimuli in condensed matter, and rapidly expanding applications of induced transient states. The topics to be discussed range from Floquet-modeled transient topological metamaterials to electronic, magnet and optics transient effects and related energy sources, while the phenomena stretch from photo-induced superconductivity to non-conventional sensing. The Conferences build a bridge between cutting edge modern physics and emerging applications which are desperately in need. They are vertically integrated, covering the area of interaction of high intensity and relatively low energy pulses with condensed matter, from fundamental physics to practically applicable energy sources, devices and technologies.
The first five previous events took place in the United States. In 2019 the Conferences were collocated at Georgetown University and formed the Symposium. The growing number of leading research groups in this field from outside the US makes it a right time to broaden the geography of the Conference locations. In June 2022 the Symposium will be hosted by the University of Crete and FORTH Foundations on the island of Crete, Greece. The objective of this Symposium is to present novel theoretical and experimental results, share new ideas, and expand the scope of future research with respect to potential applications and specifically with research results growing all around the Globe.
Focal point of this coming symposium is to face and tackle the technical challenges of understanding Ultrafast Dynamics as seen in pump-probe experiments and many-body physics. The ultimate goal is to build a collaborative community which can transition these experiments from the laboratory into tangible technologies and intellectual property for the commercial, governmental, and military markets. An open and flexible workshop format is planned with open panel discussions in order to foster interactions and accommodate the development of ideas of scientists from the US, Europe and all over the globe while exchange views and socialize in a pleasant a hospitable environment.