The scattering of atoms and molecules from surfaces offers important practical and fundamental implications for nanotechnology, material science as well as some aspects of environmental studies. Applied aspects range from atom scattering as a characterization tool (diffraction and microscopy) to determine the structure and dynamics of nanostructures, surface reconstructions and adsorbates on atomic length and timescales, over atom optics, to the understanding of elementary steps of heterogeneous catalysis, atmospheric and astrochemistry, the study of ice formation and capture of molecules in ice and finally to hydrogen storage, fusion, and materials processing. Theory is challenged by the need to treat the energetics and dynamics of complicated many-body systems, often with open boundary conditions and pronounced quantum behaviour.
The international Conference on Scattering of Atoms and Molecules has established itself as an important forum for the worlds experts to meet. At the inorguration conference at the Weissman institute in Israel 9 years ago, it was decided to make this a conference that only takes place every three years, marking it as a particular important event in the community: A regular platform to bring together leading experimentalists and theorists working in the general field of atom / molecule surface scattering and half-scattering, with the goal to exchange ideas and opening new directions.
This application, if granted, will allow us to raise the profile of the conference even further through the invitation of prominent invited speakers as well as through the use of bursaries for Norwegian PhD students and Postdocs to spread the awareness of the field in a larger nano-community and raise the awareness in Norway for the activities done in Bergen. Money will also be spent on free one-day passes for members outside the academic community, particular industry and research institutes who may be interested only in specific aspects of the company.