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Ultrafast Dynamics in Magnetic and Strongly-Correlated Materials

  • Ana Sofia Silva 
  • Alexandra Gibbs

Keywords: light-matter interaction, ultrafast spectroscopy, ultrafast magnetic and electronic dynamics.

The emergence of ultrafast laser technology and the capability of producing ultra-short light pulses has enabled access to light-matter interaction at very short timescales. Furthermore, ultra-short high-power laser pulses can induce strong perturbations in electronic and crystallographic structures and drive materials into unusual phases and new out-of-equilibrium states.

The advances in the generation and detection of ultra-short pulses has pushed the boundaries of time-resolved techniques forward, so as to probe the ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter on the picosecond-, femtosecond-, and down to the attosecond timescales for wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from the terahertz region to x-rays. Ultrafast techniques have the flexibility of different combinations of excitation and probe sources. These allow specific interactions to be studied. For instance, one has optical pump - XUV probe measurements of element-specific ultrafast magnetic and electronic dynamics, transient absorption spectroscopy of strongly correlated electron materials in the XUV regime, or intense ultrafast laser pulses in the THz-range inducing nonlinear phononic interactions detected by an optical probe.

Additionally, it is important to develop theoretical methods to simulate high peak power laser-matter interactions in the pulsed regime, and to predict the evolution of far-from-equilibrium systems.

These ultrafast processes can be exploited for applications, from sensing to data storage, and have provided great knowledge of non-equilibrium electronic, optical, structural and magnetic states and phase transitions in matter.

The aim of this mini-colloquium is to present and discuss recent experimental and theoretical developments, exploring ideas and current knowledge and broadening the scope of future research towards advanced technologies based on non-equilibrium ultrafast phenomena. The mini-colloquium will address (as a list of possible topics):

  1. Ultrafast magnetic and electronic dynamics
  2. Light-induced phase transitions: (superconductivity, magnetism and ferroelectricity)
  3. Light-wave coherent control of quantum systems
  4. Experimental challenges: tabletop laser sources (THz, XUV, …), laser pulse characterization, time-resolved spectroscopy techniques.
  5. Theory of time-dependent ultrafast and non-equilibrium processes at femto- and attosecond time scales.
Key dates

Early registration deadline:

5 June 2022

Registration deadline:

21 July 2022


The programme is complemented by a large physics and physics instrumentation exhibition proposed by the conference’s partners. If you wish to exhibit at this conference, you can find more information here.

Jointly organised by the EPS and IOP