To make this event of use to the community, we have formulated it to answer three key questions:
What is the current state of the theoretical and computational 'tool-box' to address quantum dynamics in attosecond physics?
What questions are open in attosecond physics which may be answered best by each of the methodological tools which are currently available?
Which new tools need to be developed to answer current and future questions?
1. Invited talks
Three to four leading experts each present a short (ca 30min) talk in a block of 1.5-2.0 hours. These talks will be positioned at the start of each day in order to set the context for the ensuing "Quantum Battle".
A leading expert from each of our three topical fields will give a one-hour tutorial, aimed at non-specialists, immediately prior to the Quantum Battle on that topic. The three speakers are
How quantum is atto? Maciej Lewenstein (ICFO, Barcelona)
The attoscience of solids. Shambhu Ghimire (Stanford)
Chirality, symmetry and tailored fields. Olga Smirnova (MBI, Berlin)
The 'Quantum Battle' is essentially an open debate on a contentious topic involving several early career researchers ('combatants') and the entire audience of attendees. Each session will be mediated (refereed!) by a neutral party and by means of a sort of structured debate format combatants will present arguments, question each other, and field questions from the audience. We expect there to be some discussion not only of the applicability of current methodology to future questions, but also the development of new theory/experiment to tackle new questions.
Combatants will be invited to collaborate with organisers and each other before the event on the design of their battle- pre-agreeing the scope and focus of the session.
4. Contributed talks, clips and posters
At registration you will be invited to submit an abstract for a talk and/or poster contribution.
Contributed talks will last 15 minutes, and should fit into one of our themes: 'How quantum is atto?', 'The attoscience of solids' and 'chirality, symmetry and tailored fields'.
Poster contributions can cover any aspect of attoscience.
We also welcome video submissions: two minute clips explaining some aspect of your research, to be made available via the Quantum Battles YouTube channel. Examples from Quantum Battles 2020 can be found here.