2022 Schools on Attosecond Science

2022 Schools on Attosecond Science

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  • On 3 May 2022
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AttoChem Action has co-organised two Training Schools in March, 2022.

On March 21-25, Louis Di Mauro (OSU, Columbus, USA) and Mauro Nisoli (Polimi, Milano, IT), organised The Frontiers of Attosecond and Ultrafast X-ray Science school, which was held entirely online.
The purpose of the school wass to provide young researchers involved within the Action with training on current developments on attosecond experiments. In particular: (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 in atomic and molecular science.

Registration for the school was free and open to everyone. The final program can be found here: https://www.attosecond-school.it/programme/.

From March 28 to April 1, Alicia Palacios & Fernando Martín (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, ES) organised the COST/ZCAM school on “New Computational Methods for Attosecond Molecular Processes”, in which 29 trainees and 9 trainers meet on the first in-person event of AttoChem Action. The school was held in Zaragoza, at ZCAM premises, where participants had 5 theoretical sessions and 5 practical sessions in the computer lab. The school materials were distributed to attendees and made available on the Action website (on demand). Access to XChem code has been provided through an AMP gateway (https://ampgateway.org/). OpenMolcas, tRecx and Octopus can be downloaded for free.

The Action facilitated the participation of all trainees offering possibilities for cheap lunches and accommodation and provided support for all the students (eligible for reimbursement) who send a request on time. According to the results of a post-event survey, the overall satisfaction, level of achievement of objectives and usefulness of the school was ranked as good or very good for all participants, and almost all would recommend the school to other colleagues. In addition to a demand for training in the field of Attosecond Chemistry, there seems to be a growing interest on more specialised, structured, and practical mentoring that suggest the sustainability of the school beyond the duration of the Action and the convenience to provide different training levels according to the competence of the participants.

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