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International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena

18 July 2022 – 22 July 2022 Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, Montreal, Quebec Canada

In the past ten years, the field of ultrafast phenomena has moved ahead in a breathtaking fashion, thanks in part, to the development of new laser-based as well as accelerator-based sources of ultrashort pulses of electrons and light, such as high harmonic generation, few-cycle optical pulses, sources of short wavelength radiation such as x-ray free electron lasers. The spectral range of ultrashort pulses of radiation has been extended to the long wavelength range such as Terahertz radiation, and the short wavelength range such as vacuum ultraviolet and the soft and hard X-ray domains. Together with the development of new methodologies, e.g. multidimensional spectroscopies, THz spectroscopy, electron-based techniques (EELS, PINEM, UED, etc.) and x-ray based techniques such as serial femtosecond coherent diffractive imaging, these great leaps forward are delivering an impressive degree of insight into phenomena both within atoms and between atoms and up in scale to macromolecular systems.



Ultrafast technology for near-field and nonlinear microscopy, coherent Raman microscopy, 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, ultrafast chiral phenomena, ultrafast imaging, structural dynamics with X-rays and electrons.

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, plasmonics, terahertz radiation.

Sources and Techniques

New sources, new wavelength regimes, frequency conversion techniques, amplifiers, attosecond pulse generation, free electron lasers, pulse shaping, pulse diagnostics, electro-optical sampling and detectors, measurement techniques and frequency combs.



  • Mina Bionta, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Lightwave Electronics: Sampling Optical Fields with Attosecond Resolution
  • Paul Corkum, University of OttawaCanada
    Using Nonlinear Optics to Measure Attosecond Dynamics
  • Hyotcherl Ihee, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & TechRepublic Of Korea
    Femtosecond X-ray Liquidography Probes Ultrafast Structural Dynamics
  • Akihito Ishizaki, National Institutes of Natural SciencesJapan
    Investigating Excited-state Dynamics in Molecules with Quantum Entangled Photons
  • Lukas Kastner, Universität RegensburgGermany
    Quantitative Sampling of Atomic-Scale Half-Cycle Terahertz Waveforms
  • Munira Khalil, University of WashingtonUnited States
    Exploring Ultrafast Chemical Processes in Solution with Femtosecond Pulses from the Infrared to X-rays
  • Jeffrey Moses, Cornell UniversityUnited States
    Giant Optical Nonlinearities and Ultrafast Control of Optical Symmetry via IR-Resonant Raman Scattering
  • Jennifer Ogilvie, University of MichiganUnited States
    Advances in Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy: Applications to Photosynthetic Systems
  • Akshay Rao, University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    Ultrafast 3D Tracking of Photo-excitations in Condensed Matter with Sub-10fs Time-resolution and Sub-10nm Spatial Precision
  • Claus Ropers, Georg-August-Universität GottingenGermany
    Advances in Ultrafast Electron Microscopy and Diffraction
  • Jie Yang, Tsinghua UniversityChina
    Ultrafast Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in Water Resolved by MeV Liquid-phase Ultrafast Electron Diffraction
  • Zhuquan Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Terahertz Light-Induced Nonlinear Coupling Between Distinct Magnon Modes in a Canted Antiferromagnet



  • François Légaré, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site Varennes, CanadaChair
  • Tahei Tahara, RIKEN, JapanChair
  • Jens Biegert, ICFO -Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, SpainProgram Chair
  • Tobias Brixner, Universität Würzburg, GermanyProgram Chair
  • Nirit Dudovich, Weizmann Institute of Science, IsraelProgram Chair
  • Peter Baum, Universitat Konstanz, Germany
  • Jens Biegert, ICFO -Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain
  • Valérie Blanchet, Université de Bordeaux I, France
  • Christian Bressler, European XFEL GmbH, Germany
  • Francesca Calegari, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, Germany
  • Renee Frontiera, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Kimberley Hall, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Frank Hegmann, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Markus Huber, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • David Jones, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dongho Kim, Yonsei University, Republic Of Korea
  • Amber Krummel, Colorado State University, United States
  • Aaron Lindenberg, Stanford University, United States
  • Zhi-Heng Loh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Rodrigo Lopez-Martens, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, France
  • Stephen Meech, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
  • Katsumi Midorikawa, RIKEN, Japan
  • Christopher Milne, European XFEL GmbH, Germany
  • Chang Hee Nam, Institute for Basic Science, Republic Of Korea
  • Francoise Remacle, Universite de Liege, Belgium
  • Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Roseanne Sension, University of Michigan, United States
  • Bradley Siwick, McGill University, Canada
  • Eiji Takahashi, RIKEN, Japan
  • Caterina Vozzi, CNR-IFN, Italy
  • Philippe Wernet, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
  • Jian Wu, East China Normal University, China
  • Junko Yano, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States



Special Events

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 17 July 17:00 – 18:30

Please join your colleagues for the UP Welcome Reception.

Advancing Your Career in Ultrafast Lasers Luncheon

Tuesday, 19 July 12:45 – 13:45

Join Optica Foundation and Coherent for a research and career-focused luncheon featuring winners of the Couillaud Prize in Ultrafast Lasers. This invite requires an RSVP, and space is limited. Students and early-career professionals may RSVP here.

This session will feature:
Allan Ashmead, Senior Vice President Microelectronics and Instrumentation NA, Coherent Inc., USA
David Carlson, Octave Photonics, USA; 2019 Bernard J. Couillaud Prize Winner
Chiara Trovatello, Columbia University, USA; 2022 Bernard J. Couillaud Prize Winner

Hosted by Coherent and Optica Foundation

UP Optica OH and OU Select: Rapid-Fire Presentations

Tuesday, 19 July 16:00 – 17:00

Sponsored by the Short Wavelength Sources and Attosecond/High Field Physics and Ultrafast Optical Phenomena Optica technical groups, this special session will feature 3-5 rapid-fire talks from early-career researchers who will be presenting posters at the conference. 

Conference Banquet

Wednesday, 20 July 18:30 – 20:30

Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening at the beautiful Windsor Ballroom in downtown Montreal. The banquet is included in the full technical registration fee. Guest tickets are available for USD 75.


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