We warmly thank the delegates, accompanying persons, sponsors and exhibitors who took part in the 31st International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC XXXI) in Caen and Deauville, France, from 23 to 30 July 2019 at the University of Caen Normandie for the first day of Tutorials and then at the Deauville International Conference Centre. This conference continued the sixty-year history of the ICPEAC series which began in New York, USA, in 1958 and held biennially since 1961.
With an attendance of 615 participants, including 32% of early-career researchers, ICPEAC XXXI brought together world's leading scientists who worked actively in the fields of collisions involving photons, electrons, ions, atoms, molecules, clusters, surfaces, and exotic particles. The ICPEAC XXXI scientific program was carefully selected by the International Program Committee. It was led by distinguished tutorial and plenary lecturers who introduced and highlighted the recent discoveries in their field of research. The winners of the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics presented their remarkable achievements in one of the plenary session. This was followed by 62 progress reports which gave further details and in-depth analysis of many important works. Close to 750 original presentations were scheduled in 5 poster sessions with the best poster selected daily by the popular vote and 28 "hot topic" presentations promoted to oral talks.
The ICPEAC XXXI tutorials and the main conference were strongly supported by the conference sponsors which made possible to organize this event under very good conditions. They were looked after by professional and dedicated teams of conference logistics from both hosting locations who made the conference program running smoothly. The Local Organizing Committee is very thankful to all of them.
The delegates and guests enjoyed the social program, including gastronomy and wine during the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner. They were immersed in the mazes of ancient Rome, thanks to virtual reality techniques developed by a well-known laboratory in Caen. The week-end was dedicated to excursions tours allowing to discover not only the delightful resort of Deauville, regarded as the “Queen of the Norman beaches”, but also the whole heritage offered by the Normandy territory.
We very much hope that you appreciated your attendance at the ICPEAC XXXI and you had been both enlightened and entertained by the conference and its social activities.
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee
Local Committee Chair
CIMAP - Caen
ISMO - Orsay
LAC - Orsay
... a conference held every two years on four continents, which gathers 500 to 800 participants at each edition.
The conference brings together world's leading scientists who are actively working in the field of collisions involving photons, electrons, ions, atoms, molecules, clusters, surfaces, and exotic particles. The latest advances of the domain will be presented, such as ultrafast dynamics at the femto- or attosecond scale, ion-induced radiation damage in particular of biomolecules, atomic spectroscopy and molecular physics of antimatter, free electron lasers, particle acceleration generated by high-power lasers, or ultracold collisions.
Numbers indicate the participant's attendance.
The program will start with three Tutorial Lectures that will be held on the downtown Campus of the University of Caen Normandy.
In Deauville, the ICPEAC scientific program will consist of 5 Plenary Lectures, 63 Progress Reports, 26 Special Reports, and 5 Poster Sessions. Plenary talks are of general interest to all participants. Progress Reports and Special Reports will be arranged in two parallel sessions, and are intended to present recent work in different subfields. In particular, the Special Reports are selected from the submitted abstracts to showcase the most recent developments. Additionally, about 1000 Posters will be presented in five poster sessions, held either during morning or afternoon sessions. The conference language is English.
Broad topics will include, but are not limited to:
Photon impact (weak field)
Photon impact (strong field and attosecond science)
Collisions involving exotic particles
Atom-atom and ion-ion collisions
Ion-molecule and atom-molecule collisions
Field assisted collisions
Ultracold atomic and molecular physics
Collisions involving condensed matter
Departure by bus to Deauville
|16:00 Opening of delegate registration
|Saturday & Sunday||Outdoor activities and Excursions|
Conference dinner with awarding of the IUPAP and S. Datz prizes
|First announcement||September 2018|
|Second announcement||February 2019|
|Accommodation booking||As soon as possible!|
|Registration opens||February 2019|
|Close of regular abstract submission for IOP publication||10 March 2019|
|Close of financial support request||10 March 2019|
|Deadline for early-bird registration||17 May 2019|
|Deadline for tour reservation via the registration form||17 May 2019|
|Close of post-deadline abstract submission||15 June 2019|
|Deadline for cancellation of registration (fee applies)||22 june 2019|
|Deadline for hotel reservation via the registration form||22 june 2019|
|Deadline for manuscript submission (invited speakers only)||23 july 2019|
The University of Caen Normandy (UNICAEN) is a member of Normandie Université, a research and higher education cluster, gathering the universities of Caen, Rouen, Le Havre and the engineering schools of Caen (ENSICAEN) and Rouen (INSA).
It has about 30 000 students, and more than 2 000 researchers working in 46 research units. Its exceptional scientific environment includes the GANIL facility (Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds), the largest heavy-ion accelerator in France where researchers from around the world perform their experiments.
The downtown campus of the University of Caen Normandy is thus particularly suited to host the TUTORIALS of ICPEAC, which will be opened and free of charge for Master and PhD students as well as Postdocs coming from all over the world. Note that these tutorials will be accessible to anyone who is interested.
GPS coordinates 49.1927, -0.3620
The Deauville International Center (CID) hosts about 160 events every year, the most renowned one being the American Film Festival. The CID offers first –class facilities to organize a large international conference like ICPEAC: big auditorium, numerous conference rooms, and exhibition halls. The CID is ideally located on the seafront, in a scenic environment suitable for informal discussions among the attendees.
GPS coordinates 49.3605, 0.06845
Caen and Deauville are both located in Normandy-Calvados, in just 45 mins by car, and are easy to reach from Paris (see the above interactive map). More detailed on Travel Information can be found here.
Please note: Deauville is a very touristic location and summer is the peak season; Participants are strongly encouraged to book their accommodation as early as possible since the supply of the hotel rooms may fail to meet the demand.
1800 rooms or apartments are located within 10 min walking distance from the International Center of Deauville (CID); quite a few hotel residences are available which can provide a good deal for participants including students. You can also think of renting a big house or even a small castle for your group!
Two options are available for booking your accomodation:
(i) A few hotel rooms have been secured by the Conference organization, and apartments in residence can be booked upon specific request.
More information here.
Those reservations should be made before 22 June 2019 to guarantee accommodation.
(ii) You can use your favorite web site.
More detailed information about accommodation (list of hotels and apartments, booking) is available here.
The abstracts of invited talks (Tutorials, Plenary Lectures and Progress Reports), will be accessible in electronic version from the Book of Abstracts that will be posted on the Conference Website. They will also be published in the Conference Handbook distributed to the participants.
All speakers are invited to submit a paper that will be published in a regular issue of IOP Journal of Physics.
The Tutorial lectures will be published in Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and specific instructions will be sent by email.
The Plenary Talks, Progress Reports and Special Reports, will be published in a regular issue of Journal of Physics: Conference Series, an online open-access journal that is freely available without restriction (see the ICPEAC 2017 JPCS Proceedings). Guidelines concerning the preparation and the submission of the manuscript files (page limits, styles, etc.) are available here.
All the invited papers should be submitted in electronic version (PDF format) before July 23, 2019 to the e-mail address email@example.com.
In addition, two hardcopies of the manuscript have to be submitted at the registration desk of the conference.
Post-deadline abstracts, submitted before 15 June 2019 have been reviewed by the Local Organizing Committee.
All accepted abstracts (Regular and Post-deadline) will be accessible in electronic version from the Conference Website and will appear in the Book of Abstracts. The list of all accepted regular abstracts will be published in the Conference Handbook.
Post-post deadline abstracts can still be sent to the Local Organizing Committee. Provided acceptance and available poster boards during the poster sessions, they could be displayed during the conference. They will neither appear in the Book of Abstracts nor in the Conference Handbook. Nevertheless and addendum will be printed and distributed to the ICPEAC 2019 participants.
Our general policy is to primarily help young researchers and students to attend the conference.
Limited funds will be certainly also available to support participants presenting invited talks or contributed posters. Participants from developing regions will be considered on our list of priorities.
Detailed instructions are available now to apply for a grant for Young Scientists, and for financial support for participants. The deadline to send those applications has been extended to 10 March 2019.
Two prestigious prizes for young scientists will be awarded at the XXXI ICPEAC in Deauville:
The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize (YSP) of the IUPAP C15 Committee is granted to nominees, with not more than 8 years research experience (excluding career interruption) following the PhD, who have made original and outstanding contributions to the field of AMO Physics. Next July, during the XXXI ICPEAC, the 2019 YSP will be awarded to Andreas Mooser, from the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics & CERN and Christian Smorra, from CERN.
Andreas Mooser and Christian Smorra have both been selected for their outstanding contribution to determine the most precise comparison of the proton-to-antiproton charge-to-mass ratios and the most precise comparison of the proton and antiproton magnetic moments, constituting two different world-record tests of the fundamental charge, parity, and time reversal symmetry in these systems. They will give a Plenary talk at the conference on those aspects in the morning of Monday July 29.
The Sheldon Datz prize supports an outstanding young researcher to attend ICPEAC. Next July, during the XXXI ICPEAC, it will be awarded to Vincent Lemelin, from the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology, Sherbrooke University, Canada.
Vincent Lemelin, a PhD student in the group of Prof. Léon Sanche, has been selected by the ICPEAC officers for his work on the comprehension of radiation energy deposition in biological materials. He will present a Special Report at the conference on his measurements on low-energy electron scattering from DNA constituents, during the parallel session scheduled on Thursday July 25 in the morning.
5 Poster prizes were awarded and selected daily by the popular vote
Registrations are close by now.
During the days just before and after ICPEAC XXXI, six satellite meetings will be organized in various French cities with convenient access from and to Deauville. Another one will be held in Belgrade with a schedule compatible with ICPEAC XXXI, and easily reachable by direct flight.
Traditionally, ICPEAC has a dynamic Social Program. It starts with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday 23 July (from 18:00 to 22:00), continues with Public Lectures of general interest on Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 July at 20:00, and concludes with a Conference Dinner on Monday 29 July at 19:00. In addition an entertainment on “Plasma” will be displayed during the whole conference.
All of these activities will be held at the Deauville International Center. The Public Lectures are free. The cost of the Welcome Reception is included in the full, student and accompanying person registration fees. Conference Dinner tickets can be purchased at a subsidized rate using the online registration system . Excursions for accompanying persons as well as weekend tours are organized. Nautical and kid activities are also proposed.
During the Tutorials in Caen, exhibition stands devoted to young scientists and their future career will be welcome. The best location in the reception hall will be reserved for them.
Sponsors can display their products such as scientific equipment and instrumentations, science books and/or specialized journals at the conference. A provision of modular booths will be available as well as display racks. They will be located at the center of the poster and coffee-break halls organized in a friendly exhibition area of the Deauville International Center.
In addition, sponsors will have the opportunity to participate in the Job Market organized to connect students and postdocs with companies and laboratories offering PhD fellowships, post-doctoral and job contracts.
A clear advertisement of the sponsoring will be provided by the organizers to all participants.
The Local 0rganizing Committee pledges to use this sponsorship mainly to financially support students and young scientists (PhD+4years). Please contact Ifirstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and would like any further information.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all of the sponsors who already supported and recognized ICPEAC2019. Additional sponsors are welcome and will be announced below, as well as at the Conference, and on the Conference Handbook.
Z. Nur Ozer
L. U. Ancarani