About the Conference

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from AMO physics and physical chemistry with an interest in chemical physics at low temperatures. For the purpose of this workshop, “cold” can mean anything from ultracold (mK) to low cryogenic (≤ 10 K) temperatures.  In the last decade, there have been many interesting technological and scientific developments independently in AMO physics and in physical chemistry.  In the face of these new developments, now is a perfect time to forge stronger connections between the communities. It will benefit both communities to exchange ideas, technologies, and views on the important questions that can be answered with new experimental and theoretical tools.  The goal of the workshop is therefore nothing less than what the title implies – to define new directions in chemical physics at low temperatures for the next decade (and possibly beyond).

In order to fulfill this goal, formal and informal discussion is crucial. In addition to research talks by invited speakers, there will be three overview presentations on selected areas in cold chemical physics followed by panel discussions.  The format of these discussions will be similar to that at Faraday or Kavli meetings. The three panel discussions will be focused on three coupled key questions.

  1. How cold is cold enough? We want to explore how grand challenge questions dictate temperature regimes.
  2. What can we learn from controlling a system? We often want to move from learning about a system to controlling it. We want to explore how the additional of control can answer new research questions.
  3. What are the opportunities of system complexity for cold chemical physics? As we push to larger and more complex molecular systems, can lower temperatures continue to provide greater insight into increasingly rich molecular behavior.

In addition, poster presentations by graduate students and postdocs are very welcome.

Topics covered include: Cold ions, cold neutral molecules, cold reactions, helium droplets, radicals, technology development, etc.

Important Dates & Information

  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
  • Registration Deadline: June 1, 2015
  • The Conference: July 8 - 10, 2015
  • Conference Fee: $150


This conference is supported by

Welcome to Defining New Directions in Cold Chemical Physics - 2015