International Symposium on Low Energy Electron-Molecule Interactions (LEEMI 2001)

March 4 - 7, 2001 in Going/Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria

1. Scope and Purpose

Electron-molecule collisions initiate and drive many chemical reactions relevant in radiation and environmental sciences as well as in plasma processes and many other areas of application (such as novel light sources for research and everyday lighting). Moreover, the life sciences are a rapidly advancing field where the important role of electron-driven reactions is only now beginning to be recognized, for instance strand-breaking in DNA caused by the interaction of electrons at energies significantly below the ionization threshold. On the other hand, the fundamental physics and chemistry of the underlying processess is far from understanding. While a full scale theoretical treatment of the electron-molecule interaction is presently still not possible for polyatomic molecules the situation becomes significantly more complex if the molecule under consideration is coupled to an environment. This symposium has the objective of summarizing the state of the art and identifying the most promising scientific challenges for the investigation of processes initiated and driven by electron-induced mechanisms with particular emphasis in the low energy regime involving dissociative electron attachment (DEA) processes. Electron interactions with molecular targets in the gas phase play a central role in this symposium, but extensions of the concepts describing gas-phase electron-molecule interactions into the areas of clusters, macromolecules and surfaces will also be addressed. Individuals with expertise in the investigation of these low energy electron-driven DEA processes and individuals with expertise in techniques and methodologies in related fields have been invited and will participate in this symposium.

Experiments in this field are difficult, nonetheless, many noteworthy advances have been made in the experimental investigation of low energy electron interaction with molecules in the gas phase as well as on surfaces. These studies have benefited greatly from the advent of new types of electron sources with ever increasing energy resolution. It is safe to say that the current level of understanding has been initiated by the introduction of the trochoidal electron monochromator in 1968 by Stamatovic and Schulz [Rev. Sci. Instruments, 39 (1968) 1752] and that it is only fitting that this symposium (and the corresponding special issue of the International Journal on Mass Spectrometry on "Low Energy Electron-Molecule Interactions) is dedicated to Professor Aleksandar Stamatovic (University of Beograd) in honor of his 60th birthday. The honorary lecture about life and science of Aleksandar Stamatovic will be given by Prof. Milan Kurepa (Beograd).

2. Organization

The symposium will be held at the famous Bio-hotel Stanglwirt in Going close to Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria from Sunday, the 4th of March to Wednesday, the 7th of March. It will commence on the 4th of March after the arrival of the participants in the course of the afternoon with a joint dinner at 7 p.m. and a first plenary lecture after the dinner. It will end after a full morning session at around 12 a.m. with the departure of the participants. Basically, this symposium will consist of about 25 review talks summarizing all aspects of DEA reactions as studied by single collision crossed beams type experiments as well as experiments carried out under swarm type conditions. Besides this there will be four general plenary lectures, one by Prof. Helmut Schwarz, Berlin on "Holy grails in gas-phase chemistry", one by Prof. Werner Lindinger, Innsbruck on " Ions in environmental physics", one by Dr. Sara Matt, Innsbruck on "Electron-ion interactions" and one by Prof. Kurt Becker on "Electrons in gas discharges" thereby covering the whole range of scientific interest of Professor Aleksandar Stamatovic. In addition, there will be contributed paper poster sessions in the evenings and some selected hot topic lectures selected from the contributed papers. The outcome of this symposium will be an assessment of the current status of experimental and theoretical studies of DEA type processes and a perspective for exciting future scientific challenges in this and related applied fields of low energy electron-molecule interactions . The conference fee will be AS 4 800.- including full board and room (double occupancy). For single occupancy an additional fee of AS 500.- has to be included in the fee. This conference fee needs to be transmitted to the bank account Nr. 120 041 693, BLZ 57000, Hypo Bank Tirol, Innsbruck, before the 31st of December 2000, after this date the conference fee will be AS 5 800.-. The symposium will be organized in a similar manner as the SASP meetings, that is it will start with morning sessions followed by an extended break during lunch to allow visits of the Kitzbühel facilities, resume activities at around 4 p.m. with an afternoon session which will be continued after dinner by a evening session (giving a total of about 6 hours of lecturing plus a poster session each day). Those who fill in the attached registration form and send it to the address given will receive a second circular in due time giving with more information pertinent to the on site organization etc. Abstracts of invited plenary and review talks, hot topic talks and posters (in all cases one A4 page with a 3 cm margin on all sides) needs to be mailed either by airmail or by email not later than January 31st 2001.