Ultrafast Phenomena 2018 recently put Hamburg at the focus of international ultra short research. A group of around 500 experts from the sciences and engineering addressed issues around generating and using ultra-short laser pulses for six days in Hamburg’s Grand Elysée Hotel from July 15-20, 2018. Organized by the European Physical Society (EPS), the conference was backed by the DESY research centre, the University of Hamburg and the European XFEL.
Multiple potential applications
Ultra-short laser pulses find use in the natural sciences, physics, chemistry and biology, as well as in engineering and medicine. The laser pulses can e.g. be used for researching and monitoring chemical and biological processes, such as photosynthesis, optical communications engineering and signal processing at ultra-high frequencies, as well as for laser material processing up to minimally invasive laser surgery using specially shaped laser pulses.
Hamburg – a sought-after venue
“The commissioning of the European XFEL last year has turned Hamburg into a sought-after venue for all ultrashort pulse researchers,” said Professor Kärtner, DESY and University of Hamburg, adding: “We are pleased to have been able to draw the Ultrafast Phenomena 2018 conference to Hamburg. With its Excellence Cluster, the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging, Hamburg offers unique opportunities for research and development to the European XFEL and DESY. The fact that we found such a cooperative and helpful partner in the Hamburg Convention Bureau has made it possible to welcome our colleagues to Hamburg to show them what our city has to offer in the field of ultra-short research.”