International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena

17 July 2016 – 22 July 2016 Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico United States

The 2016 Ultrafast Phenomena Conference will be the 20th in a series on advances in research on ultrafast science and technology. This meeting is widely recognized as the main international forum for the discussion of progress in this rapidly moving field.

The conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers sharing a common interest in the generation of ultrashort pulses in the picosecond, femtosecond, and attosecond regimes and their use for studies of ultrafast phenomena in physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, electronics, engineering, and medicine. In addition, submissions involving real world applications of ultrafast technology are encouraged. A tabletop exhibit featuring leading companies will be held in conjunction with the meeting.

Real world applications of ultrafast technology, including ultrafast near-field, nonlinear and confocal microscopes, coherent Raman microscopes, real-time/real-space electron microscopy, medical applications, high speed communication, micromachining, 3D nanofabrication and more.

Photosynthesis, vision, heme proteins, photoactive proteins, photoisomerization in chromoproteins, wavepacket dynamics, femtobiology, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons, medical applications.

Vibrational and conformational dynamics, energy transfer, femtochemistry, proton and electron transfer, solvation dynamics, wave packet dynamics and coherent control of reactions, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons.


Electronics & Optoelectronics
Photoconductivity, generation, propagation and detection of ultrafast electrical signals, plasmonics, terahertz radiation, electro-optical sampling and detectors.

Materials science
Highly correlated systems, coherent phonons in solids, carrier dynamics in nanoparticles, carbon-based materials, two-dimensional materials, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons.

Ultrafast nonlinear optical processes, kinetics of non-equilibrium processes, quantum confinement, coherent transients, nonlinear pulse propagation, ultrafast nano-optics, novel ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, high intensity physics, attosecond dynamics.

Pulse Generation and Measurement 
New sources, new wavelength regimes, frequency conversion techniques, amplifiers, attosecond pulse generation, free electron lasers, pulse shaping, pulse diagnostics, measurement techniques and frequency standards.

Valérie Blanchet, Université de Bordeaux IToward Femtochemistry with Circular Polarized Pulses., Invited

Tobias Brixner, Universität WürzburgGermanyChirality-sensitive Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Invited

Francesca Calegari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - IFNItalyUltrafast Charge Dynamics Induced by XUV Attosecond Pulses in Bio-relevant Molecules, Invited

Tingting Fan, Tingting FanUnited StatesBright Circularly Polarized Soft X-ray Harmonics for Static and Dynamic X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism, Invited

Mohammed Hassan, California Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesOptical attosecond pulses: tracing the nonlinear delay response of bound electrons in matter, Invited

Libai Huang, Purdue UniversityUnited StatesUltrafast Nanoscopy of Energy and Charge Transport, Invited

Rupert Huber, Universität RegensburgGermanyStrong-field Terahertz Control of Electronic Quantum Motion, Invited

Jan Philip Kraack, University of ZürichSwitzerlandSurface-Enhanced, 2D Attenuated Total Reflectance IR Spectroscopy for Surface-Sensitive Ultrafast Dynamics, Invited

Massimo Olivucci, Bowling Green State UniversityUnited StatesComparative Quantum Chemical Studies of the Ultrafast Isomerization of Microbial, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Rhodopsins, Invited

Akshay Rao, University of CambridgeUnited KingdomExploring the Ultrafast Vibronic Dynamics of Singlet Exciton Fission, Invited

Denis Seletskiy, University of KonstanzGermanyHeralding Subcycle Quantum Physics, Invited

Kenji Tamasaku, RIKENJapanUltrafast Interaction between Intense X-rays and Atoms, Invited

General Chairs

Louis DiMauro, Ohio State Univ., USA
Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan

Program Chairs

Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Jennifer Ogilvie, Univ. of Michigan, USA

Program Committee

Martin Aeschlimann, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
Andrius Baltuska, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Jens Biegert, ICFO, Spain
Jenny Clark, Sheffield Hallam Univ., UK
Nuh Gedik, MIT, USA
Juergen Hauer, Vienna Technical Univ., Austria
Tony Heinz, Stanford Univ., USA
Jan Helbing, Universitat Zurich, Switzerland
Kyung Taec Kim, Gwangju Inst. of Science & Tech.,  South Korea
Matthias Kling, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munchen, Germany
Kevin Kubarych, Univ. of Michigan, USA
Philipp Kukura, Univ. of Oxford, UK
Ruxin Li, Shanghai Inst. of Optics and Fine Mech, China
Christoph Lienau, Carl V. Ossietzky Univ. Oldenburg, Germany
Stefan Lochbrunner, Inst. für Physik, Universität Rostock, Germany
David Reis, Stanford Univ., USA
Claus Ropers, Georg-August-Universität Gottingen, Germany
Gregory Scholes, Princeton Univ.,  USA
Olga Smirnova, Max Born Inst., Germany
Tahei Tahara, RIKEN, Japan
Koichiro Tanaka, Kyoto Univ., Japan
Fabrice Vallee, Universite Lyon 1, France
David Villeneuve, National Research Council Canada, Canada
Chunfeng Zhang, Nanjing Univ., China
Dongping Zhong, Ohio State Univ., USA
Donatas Zigmantas, Lund Univ., Sweden

Advisory Committee

David H. Auston, Kavli Foundation, USA
Majed Chergui, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Paul B. Corkum, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada
Steven T. Cundiff, Univ. of Michigan, USA
Sandro De Silvestri, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Regina de Vivie-Riedle, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munchen, Germany
Kenneth Eisenthal, Columbia Univ., USA
Thomas Elsaesser, Max Born Inst., Germany
Graham R. Fleming, Univ. of California Berkeley, USA
James G. Fujimoto, MIT, USA
Charles B. Harris, Univ. of California Berkeley, USA
Erich P. Ippen, MIT, USA
David M. Jonas, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Wolfgang Kaiser, Technische Universität Munchen, Germany
Wayne H. Knox, Univ. of Rochester, USA
Takayoshi Kobayashi, Univ. of Electro-Comm., Japan
Jean Llouis Martin, Ecole Polytechnique ENSTA, France
Arnold Migus, Cour des Comptes, France
R. J. Dwayne Miller, MPI - the Structure and Dynamics/ Matter, Germany
Gérard A.Mourou, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Shaul Mukamel, Univ. of California Irvine, USA
Margaret M. Murnane, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Keith A. Nelson, MIT, USA
Eberhard  Riedle, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munchen, Germany
Norbert F. Scherer, Univ. of Chicago, USA
Robert William Schoenlein, SLAC, Stanford Univ., USA
Charles V. Shank, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., USA
Antoinette J. Taylor, Los Alamos National Lab., USA
Andrew M. Weiner, Purdue Univ., USA
Douwe A.Wiersma, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
Tatsuo Yajima, Advanced Fusion Technology, Japan
Kaoru Yamanouchi, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Keitaro Yoshihara, JAISA, Japan
Ahmed Zewail, California Inst. of Tech., USA
Wolfgang Zinth, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität Munchen, Germany

The OSA Centennial Celebration Reception

Sunday, 17 July, 18:00—19:30
Convention Center Courtyard

The Optical Society (OSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, marking a century of innovation. Throughout the Centennial, OSA will honor the significance of these advancements and others while also empowering the next generation of optics and photonics leaders. Come celebrate with us during the Conference reception with appetizers and drinks. Attendees may purchaseextra tickets for their guests at registration. To learn more visit

Poster Sessions

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 15:45—17:15
Sweeney C/D/E

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-on-one with interested parties. Drinks and snacks will be provided during the poster sessions.

OSA Foundation Meet-the-Professionals Happy Hour

Tuesday, 19 July, 19:00—20:30
Courtyard, Convention Center

Students and young professionals are invited to attend the OSA Foundation Meet-the-Professionals Happy Hour where they can connect with leaders in the industry for valuable insight and perspective. To RSVP or if you have questions, please email Curtis Burrill at OSA Membership is required.

Conference Banquet

Wednesday, 20 July, 18:00—21:00
Lumpkins Ballroom, La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel

Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening and another opportunity to network with your colleagues. There will be a special performance from the Troupe Tewa Dancers from the North. Guest tickets are available for $75 USD, as extra guest tickets are limited, please check registration for availability.

Postdeadline Paper Session

Thursday, 21 July, 19:30—20:30
Sweeney F

The Technical Program Committee has accepted a limited number of postdeadline papers for oral presentation. The purpose of the postdeadline papers is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant materials in rapidly advancing areas.

OSA Short Wavelength Sources & Attosecond/High Field Physics Technical Group Student
Poster Prize Ceremony and Reception

Thursday, 21 July, 19:30—20:30
La Terraza Room, La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel

Join the Short Wavelength Sources & Attosecond/High Field Physics Technical Group for a reception Thursday evening as they recognize the winner of their 2016 Ultrafast Phenomena Conference student poster prize. The networking reception will also provide an opportunity for members of this OSA Technical Group to connect with their colleagues and fellow attendees over appetizers and drinks.