Past Meetings

Atomic and Molecular Collision Physics Meetings

Meetings of general interest to CCPQ members.

The CCPQ Workshop Windsor 2013: Dynamics of Complex Quantum Systems (5-8 August at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park) brings together UK theory and experimental groups involved in realising, simulating and modelling the dynamics of a variety of complex quantum systems. The meeting is aimed at discussing both new mathematical and computational methods, as well as new experimental applications/phenomena/physics at a level suitable for postgraduate students in the field.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: optical lattices, microtraps, coupled-cavity arrays, phase transitions, chaos, coherence and entanglement, interferometry and atom optics, superfluidity, non-equilibrium dynamics, spinor and exotic condensates, quantum information applications, experimental perspectives.This year there will be special sessions on numerical simulation of strongly correlated systems including tensor network methods, environment engineering for quantum computation, cold atoms for quantum simulations and novel architectures for quantum computation and simulation.

CCPQ is supporting both the Institute of Physics Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group Spring Meeting (20-21 March, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland) and the UK Positron Workshop (27 March, Stranmillis College, Belfast).

CCP2 is sponsoring the forthcoming workshop Methods and Codes for Atoms and Molecules in Strong Laser Fields, Dublin, 27-30 April 2011, organisers Lampros Nikolopoulos (Dublin City University) and Ken Taylor (Queen’s University, Belfast). The workshop is concerned with presentation and discussion of algorithms, numerical methods and computer codes from across Europe enabling calculation of the response of atoms and molecules to intense laser fields from infra-red to x-ray wavelengths. There will be an emphasis on those codes either in hand or under construction designed to efficiently exploit the most powerful supercomputers available to European researchers. The workshop is also supported by COST Action CM0702 “Chemistry with Ultrashort Pulses and Free-Electron Lasers: Looking for Control Strategies Through Exact Computations”.

We would like to publicize the forthcoming workshop ‘Advances in strong-field and attosecond physics’, sponsored by CCP2 and to be held at UCL, 22-25 June 2010. The registration deadline is 15 April 2010.

We would like to publicize the forthcoming UK Workshop on Ultrafast Dynamics to take place at Queen’s University, Belfast on 12-13 January 2010. This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about current ultrafast science research which is taking place in UK Universities and Research Laboratories. The workshop will involve short talks, informal discussions, and brainstorming on quantum dynamics in atoms/molecules from picosecond to attosecond timescales. The purpose of the meeting is to foster greater understanding of these fields and encourage closer co-operation within the UK community. It is the organisers’ intention to conclude the meeting with a summary of the common themes that arise and to discuss ways to further develop this field within the UK and internationally.

The meeting is co-sponsored by CCP2. One of the aims of the CCP2 “UK-RAMP” EPSRC Software Development Call project, which commenced for five years in October 2009, is to develop a reliable and future-proof suite of programs to treat ultrafast processes for general atoms and molecules in laser fields.

We would like to publicize a forthcoming CCP2 meeting: Atoms and Antimatter to be held at UCL on 17-19 June 2009. The workshop will review progress in both theoretical and experimental aspects of positron collision physics and systems involving antihydrogen. It will also be an opportunity to mark the retirement of Edward Armour (former chair of CCP2) and James Walters, two prominent theoreticians in this field. Among the invited speakers are Edward Armour (Nottingham), Mike Charlton (Swansea), Richard Drachman (NASA Goddard), Gleb Gribakin (QUB), Svante Jonsell (Swansea), Nella Laricchia (UCL), Jonathan Tennyson (UCL), James Walters (QUB). The scientific programme will take place in the Pearson Lecture Theatre, commencing at 10.00 am on Thursday 18 June and concluding during the afternoon of Friday 19 June. Posters are welcome and there will be a conference dinner. There is no registration fee for the workshop but all participants must register for the conference by 22nd May. Full details including accommodation are available at the meeting website.

We would like to publicize a meeting to take place at UCL on 14-15 April 2008: Atoms and Astrophysics: Mike Seaton’s Legacy. Professor Mike Seaton, who died in May last year, was an outstanding atomic and astrophysicist, with wide-ranging research interests. At this meeting, many of his friends, collaborators and students will give talks on subjects relevant to Mike’s work. Topics will include quantum defect theory in atoms and molecules, electron-ion scattering theory and computation, nebular astrophysics and stellar opacities. The meeting will be held in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London, where Mike spent most of his academic career. The meeting will start at 10am on April 14th and end at 4.00pm on April 15th, 2008. The programme will consist mainly of invited talks but there is also some space for contributed talks. Confirmed speakers include: Professor Nigel Badnell, Professor Mike Barlow, Professor Phil Burke, Professor Keith Butler, Dr. Franck Delahaye, Professor Gary Ferland, Professor Chris Greene, Dr. Christian Jungen, Professor Ian Percival. Further information can be found at the meeting website.

We would like to publicize a workshop on “Solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes and Gross-Pitaevskii equations for superconductors, superfluids and BEC” to be held at the Britannia Hotel, Manchester, 28-30 September 2007.

International CCP2 workshop on Mathematical and Computational Methods in R-matrix Theory at University College London, UK, 13 – 15 September 2007. The workshop follows the QuAMP IV conference at UCL (see also this link). December 2007: a CCP2 publication: Mathematical and Computational Methods in R-matrix Theory, edited by M Plummer, J D Gorfinkiel and J Tennyson (CCP2, Daresbury Laboratory, UK, 2007) is now available. This booklet contains articles contributed by speakers at the succesful 13 – 15 September UCL Workshop and is available free of charge: please contact Christine Johnston with a clear and complete postal address. Please click here for the contents list. The booklet is also available as a pdf file.

We would like to publicize an interdisciplinary STFC/UCL meeting on theoretical approaches to the dynamics of many electron systems in strong laser fields to take place at Daresbury Laboratory on 12 June 2007 (to secure lunch, please register by 11.00am, 5 June).

International CCP2 workshop on explicitly correlated wavefunctions at the University of Nottingham, UK, 2 – 5 April 2006.
Following the successful April CCP2 workshop on explicitly correlated wavefunctions, a book of conference proceedings is now available. Please contact Christine Johnston ( with a clear and complete postal address for a free copy. Conference attendees and working group members will receive a copy automatically. Please click here for the contents list. The book is also available as a pdf file.

XXIII International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, Stockholm, Sweden, July 23-29 2003 (ICPEAC).