Invited speakers


Ab initio theory of attosecond pump-probe spectroscopy
Vitali Averbukh, Imperial College London, UK

Graduated from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (PhD, 2001), thesis on the theory of mupti-photon processes induced by high intensity laser fields, supervisor: Nimrod Moiseyev.
Special Minerva Postoctoral fellow in Heidelberg University, host: Lorenz S. Cederbaum (2003-2006)
PKS Fellow at MPI PKS, department of finite systems (2007-2009)
EPSRC Fellow at Imperial College London, department of physics (2010-2015)
Appointed to lecturer in 2011, Senior Lecturer in 2014


Photoelectron spectroscopy in liquid microjets
Helen Fielding, University College London, UK

Helen Fielding received a BA from the University of Cambridge before carrying out research in the field of Rydberg state spectroscopy under the supervision of Professor Tim Softley (University of Oxford DPhil, 1992). She then carried out postdoctoral research as an 1851 Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Amsterdam before becoming a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at King’s College London in 1994. She moved as a Professor to University College London in 2003, where she is currently Head of Physical Chemistry. Her current research is focused on employing photoelectron spectroscopy to probe the electronic structure and ultrafast relaxation dynamics of photoexcited systems ranging in complexity from small organic molecules to protein chromophores. During the last 15 years she has designed and built instruments to study neutral molecules in molecular beams, molecular anions generated by electrospray ionisation and, most recently, molecules, ions and proteins in liquid microjets. Her research has been recognised by RSC Harrison (1996), Marlow (2001) and Corday-Morgan (2005) medals and the IOP Moseley medal (2008). Alongside her research, she has made major contributions to the Royal Society of Chemistry which were recognised by an Award for Service in 2017.


Spherical cavity: a theorist’s tool to study matter-antimatter interactions
Gleb Gribakin, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Gleb Gribakin completed his undergraduate degree in Biophysics at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (now St Petersburg Polytechnic University) in 1984, but was lured into theoretical physics by the beauty and power of this subject. He completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics on the topic of many-electron effects in the electron photodetachment from negative ions under the supervison of Professor Vadim Ivanov, at the same institution in 1987, and became a junior researcher and then lecturer there. From 1992 he was a postdoc at the School of Physics, University of New South Wales (Sydney), before becoming a permanent member of staff in the Department of Applied Matematics and Theoretical Physics at Queen’s University Belfast in 1999. Many-body theory methods that were at the heart of Dr Gribakin’s PhD research have become one of the main tools that he uses in his work on electron and positron collisions, and more recently, on positronium interaction with atoms. His other interests include negative ion photodeatchment, both single-photon and in strong laser fields, cold atomic collisions, quantum chaos in many-electron atoms and multicharged ions, electron-ion recombination, and positron annihilation in atoms and molecules, including the theory of positron resonant annihilation in polyatomic molecules.


Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy with high harmonics
Emma Springate, Central Laser Facility, London, UK

MA in Physics (First Class), University of Oxford (1994). PhD in Physics, Imperial College (1999), “Atomic clusters in intense laser fields”. Marie Curie Research Fellow at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam (1999-2001). Postdoctoral positions at Imperial College (2003-4) and the Central Laser Facility (2004-6).

Emma has held a permanent position at the CLF since 2006. She managed the project to build the Artemis facility, and has led the Artemis group since it opened to users.

Emma is an academic visitor at Imperial College and a member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College. She is a member of the International Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC) of the ELI-Delivery Consortium (ELI-DC). Sh​e has served as a Programme Comm​ittee member for Ultrafast Optics 2015, HILAS 2016 and 2018, ICEL 2017 and CLEO 2010-2014 and 2019.​​ She is an active member of OSA where she has served on the International Council, and chaired committees for the Adolph Lomb Medal and CLEO-Applications. She has co-authored over 70 publications (see publication list on Google Scholar).


Spectroscopy of medium- and high-z ions to support applications in the extreme ultraviolet
Gerry O’Sullivan, University College Dublin, Ireland

Gerry O’Sullivan obtained his B. Sc. in Experimental Physics in 1975 from University College Dublin where he subsequently completed his PhD in atomic spectroscopy under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Carroll in 1980. After a period in Dublin City University, he returned to UCD as a lecturer in 1986 and was Head of the School of Physics from 2002 to 2008. He is currently a Professor and director of the Atomic and Laser Physics Research (Spectroscopy) Group. His research interests include spectroscopy of laser produced plasmas, spectroscopy of ion gas collisions and the development of laser produced plasma based light sources for applications ranging from ionic photoabsorption studies to lithography and ‘water window’ microscopy. For the source development work his group have been involved in a number of very productive collaborations with both academic and industrial research groups in Ireland, the US, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy , Poland China and Japan. For his contribution to research he was elected to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2004.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline
    25 May 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    14 June 2018