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Second International Workshop on Ultrafast Dynamics and Metastability
and Fifth International Workshop on Ultrafast Bandgap Photonics
April 15-17, 2019
Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057 USA
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The motivation of these co-convened workshops is the rapid evolution of Ultrafast Dynamics, Metastability, and Transient Topology of Bandgap Photonics. This conference is the fifth in a series of workshops on this topic originally run at the SPIE meeting. We will invite key Program Managers from funding agencies[1] together with key researchers in the area of Ultrafast Dynamics.  One focus is to face and tackle the technical challenges for understanding of Ultrafast Dynamics as seen in pump-probe experiments and many-body physics. The ultimate goal of this workshop 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 provided with open panel discussions in order to foster interaction and development of ideas. 

Meals, Reception Dinner, & Social Event:

A modest fee will be charged; meals will include 3 lunches, 1 banquet, and all coffee breaks

Ultrafast Dynamics and Metastability

Jim Freericks, Georgetown University

Mike Rafailov, University of Alberta

Ultrashort high intensity laser pulses produce dramatic perturbations in electronic structure, which may lead to cooperative changes in electronic, magnetic, and optical states. Interesting experimental results have recently been reported on phenomena ranging from light induced magnetism, dielectric-to-metal transitions, to light-induced superconductivity. Along with these experimental results, it is important to establish theoretical and numerical methods that can be used to simulate pulse-matter interactions, and to predict the evolution of far-from-equilibrium systems. The objective of this workshop is to present the emerging theoretical and experimental results, share new ideas, and expand the scope of future research with respect to potential applications.

Ultrafast Dynamics and Metastability is focused on phenomena induced by relatively low energy but high peak-power laser pulses—all athermal phenomena. These have been already exploited for many engineering applications such as ultra-short pulse detection and sensing, material invisibility, etc., and have great scientific and practical application in relation to solving the problem of room-temperature superconductivity, bandgap engineered metamaterials and novel metastable states of matter.

The objective of this Conference is to bring together the leading scientists and researchers from all around the world in order to exchange ideas on challenges posed by Ultrafast Dynamics and Metastability. 

Ultrafast Bandgap Photonics

Jason Auxier, Naval Research Laboratory

Mike Rafailov, University of Alberta

The motivation for this Workshop is growing interest in technologies based on a-thermal non-equilibrium phenomena induced in condensed matter by ultrashort laser pulses –phenomena ranging from room temperature photo-induced superconductivity to non-traditional sensing, transient metamaterials and  sources in MWIR-THz. 

The Workshop is actually building a bridge between fundamental physics that is in discussions at our sister Workshop and emerging technologies and applications which are desperately in need.                    

The objective of this Conference is to bring together the leading scientists and engineers in order to exchange ideas on challenges posed by Ultrafast Bandgap Photonics in its applications. 


[1] National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Office of Scientific Research (AOSR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)