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The Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division of the European Physical Society was established to provide coordination and exchange of information within the European atomic, molecular and optical physics community.

Areas of research include:

  • Atomic and molecular physics
  • Atomic and molecular astrophysics
  • Electron collisions
  • Photon collisions
  • Atomic and molecular spectroscopy
  • Molecular reaction dynamics
  • Ultrafast dynamics
  • Coherent control
  • Strong fields
  • Attosecond physics
  • Photophysics and collisions of biomolecules
  • Clusters and nanoparticles
  • Surface reaction dynamics and self-assembly
  • Cavity QED
  • Atom interferometry and atomic clocks
  • Degenerate quantum gases
  • Cold atoms and molecules
  • Fundamental physics, precision measurements and meteorology
  • Quantum information
  • Aspects of plasma physics
The main activity of the division is to organize and co-host conferences. These range from small workshops and study groups to large international scale conferences. The major conference of the AMPOD division is the tri-annual ECAMP conference series which started in 1982.

The division is organized into three subgroups:

  • EGAS - European Group for Atomic Spectroscopy, who organize an annual conference series
  • EPSEAC - European Physical Society, Electronic & Atomic Collisions Section
  • MCPG - Molecular and Chemical Physics Group
  • ICPEAC- Section: International Conference on Photonic, Electronic, and Atomic Collisions

The AMOPD division is managed by a board currently chaired by Joachim Burgdörfer. In addition, national representatives are appointed to liaise with the AMOPD committee.

Should you be interested in the AMOPD activities, please contact Joachim Burgdörfer.

  • IUPAP is calling for nominations for the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 2020. Find more information here.

  • The most recent edition of the major conference of AMOPD, ECAMP XIII, has taken place April 8 - 12, 2019, in Florence, Italy. See the exciting program here.

  • At ECAMP XIII, the Young Scientist Prize (YSP) of AMOPD has been awarded to Philipp Haslinger, Vienna, for his "original contribution to precision atom interferometry including the first measurement of black-body radiation forces on atoms".
  • At ECAMP XIII, the newly established Lethokov medal jointly established by the AMOPD and the Quantum electronics and Optics (QEO) division of EPS in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has been awarded to Ferenc Krausz, Max Plack Institute for Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, for his "contribution to the development of high-field laser physics, in particular for pioneering attosecond physics, through which real-time views of electron motion in atoms, molecules, and solids have become possible".
  • The ECAMP XIV will take place June 27 - July 1, 2022, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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