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CMST COST Action CM1204
XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry (XLIC)

The use of novel light sources and fast ions is opening new avenues in the study of chemical reactivity. XUV/X-ray pulses with attosecond duration permit to "visualize" the movement of electrons inside a molecule and a much better control of chemical reactions. X-ray Free Electron Lasers, synchrotrons or collision with fast ions can be used to generate molecules in highly excited and highly charged states that present new and unexpected reactivity. The study of molecules under these extreme intensities and time resolution conditions requires new theoretical models that can serve as guidance for experiments. The scientific objective of the Action is to understand, monitor and control the complex ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics that occur in medium-sized and large molecules, to develop new control strategies of reactions and to develop a new generation of ultrafast spectroscopies combining attosecond temporal and sub-Angstrom spatial resolutions. This is an interdisciplinary field in which European groups are very active but work separately. COST is thus the perfect framework to enhance exchange of knowledge, bringing together leading experts in generating, manipulating and modeling these new phenomena. The collaboration between groups will reinforce the European leadership in XUV/X-ray-, attosecond-, synchrotron- and ion-based research in chemistry.

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General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Manuel ALCAMI (ES)

Vice Chair of the Action:


Science officer of the Action:

Dr Lucia FORZI

Administrative officer of the Action:



Action Fact Sheet

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Memorandum of Understanding

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Final Achievement Report

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Last updated: 24 November 2012 top of page