AMIG 2009

The 2009 Winter Meeting of the Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group will be held 29-30 January 2009 at the The Open University.

All sessions are held in the room CMR11 on the first floor of the Christodolou Meeting Rooms building. Map of the Campus.

A 100 Pound prize will be awarded to the best student speaker at the Meeting.

Getting to and from the Hilton Hotel

The Hilton Hotel is opposite the University campus. Taxis from the train station should cost about the same as to the Open University; the journey should take about 10-15 minutes. However, to walk from the Hotel to the University you need to go round the main hotel building. It will take a good 10 minutes to arrive from there to the Christodoulou building, where the talks will be held. The map of the campus (see link above) shows in green the route from the hotel entrance to the main University entrance. Notice that there is an underpass to cross Brick Hill Street. Access to the Christodolou Meeting Rooms will be provided from 13:00. If you arrive at the Open University earlier, there is a waiting area and a cafe in the Berrill building.


Thursday 29 January 2009

13.00 - 14.00 Tea, coffee and sandwiches upon arrival

14.00 - 16.20

Session 1

14.00 Opening
14.10 Invited speaker: Peter Barker (UCL, London)
'Cold molecules and molecular optics with strong optical fields'
15.00 Simon Brawley (UCL, London)
'Positronium collisions with atoms and molecules'
15.20 Gregory Armstrong (QUB, Belfast)
'Rates and scaling laws of intense-field ionization of helium from the UV to the static limit'
15.40 Tony Merrigan (QUB, Belfast)
'Production of UV and IR laser desorbed biomolecular targets for radiation interaction experiments'
16.00 Alex Knight-Percival (Manchester University)
'Low energy super-elastic scattering from laser excited calcium atoms'
16.20 - 16.50 Tea / Coffee

16.50 - 18.55

Session 2

16.50 Invited Speaker: Jim McCann (QUB, Belfast)
'Quantum engineering of atoms with short, intense lasers'
17.40 Calum McCormik (The Open University, Milton Keynes)
'Ultra-cold Rydberg atoms in magneto-optic and optical dipole traps'
18.00 Brian O'Rourke (GSI, Germany and QUB)
'Dielectronic recombination studies with electron beam ion traps and storage rings'
18.20 Rui Zhang (UCL, London)
'Positron-molecule collision studies using the R-matrix with pseudostates method'
18.40 Agnieszka Stypczynska (The Open University, Milton Keynes)
'XPS as a tool for characterising DNA damage'
19.00-19:30 AMIG AGM
20.15- 22.15 Conference Dinner
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes

Friday 30 January 2009

9.00 - 10.50

Session 3

9.00 Invited Speaker: Thomas Schlatholter (KVI, Groningen)
'Molecular mechanism underlying heavy ion therapy '
9.50 David Cooke (UCL, London)
'Positron induced ionization'
10.10Tahir Shaaran (UCL, London)
'Laser-induced non-sequential double ionization in diatomic molecules: the role of alignment and orbital symmetry'
10.30 Matthew Harvey (Manchester University)
'Cold atom trap with zero residual magnetic field: the AC-magneto optical trap'
10.50 - 11.20 Tea / Coffee

11.20 - 13.30

Session 4

11.20 Invited Speaker: Svante Jonsell (Swansea University)
'Reactions involving antihydrogen'
12.10 Giulio Del Zanna (University of Cambridge and UCL)
'Electron-impact excitation of Be-like Mg'
12.30 Stefano Caprasecca (The Open University)
'Electron collisions with small water clusters'
12.50 Invited Speaker: E Krishnakumar (Tata Institute)
'Chemical control using electrons'
13.30 Lunch
14:00 - 15.00 AMIG Committee Meeting


The registration fee includes accomodation, conference costs, abstract book, coffee & tea, lunches and the conference dinner. A fee that excludes accomodation is also available. Payment is by cheque, credit card or bank transfer.

Registration deadline extended to Thursday 15 January 2009

(We cannot guarantee accomoddation after this date)

The following registration fees apply:

Single room
Sharing room
Single room
Sharing room
145 pounds
120 pounds
55 pounds
145 pounds
80 pounds
55 pounds

To register, please fill out the registration form ( pdf , doc ). If paying by bank transfer, just e-mail the form to Beverley Harker (; bank details are on the registration forms. If paying by credit card, complete the credit card details on the registration form and fax it to Beverley on 01908 654192. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to The Open University and send it together with the registration form to:

Ms. Beverley Harker
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Open University University
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

(If you send your registration and cheque by post, please send an e-mail to Beverley to let her know so that we can contact you if we don't receive them.)


An abstract book will be produced and made available to every delegate. All speakers are asked to email their abstract to:

Dr. Jimena Gorfinkiel
Email: J.Gorfinkiel[at]

Abstract deadline: Monday 12 January 2007

Abstracts should be in pdf or doc format, cover 1 page A4 portrait maximum with 2 cm margins, and text in Times Roman 12 font with single line spacing. The file name should be the name of the (first) author. The abstract should contain:

Text of abstract


Delegates will be accomodated in the Hilton Hotel, across the road from the main Open University Campus.


Milton Keynes can be easily accesed by train and from Luton and Stanstead airports. Trains from London-Euston take about 35 minutes (fast service). Trains from Birmingham take about one hour. There is a National Express bus service from Stanstead that takes about 2 hours 15 minutes. The bus arrives in the Coachway from where you need to get a taxi to the University. Similarly, there is a bus (VT99) from Luton airport to Milton Keynes' train station; the journey takes 55 minutes. Timetables for both buses can be found in this web-site.

From the train station:
1. The following regular buses will take you into the Open University campus: number 22, running at 22 and 52 minutes past the hour; number 20, running at 05 and 32 minutes past the hour. The journey takes 20-25 minutes and the single ticket is £1.60. Both buses depart from stop 34 outside the train station.
2. The Open University runs a shuttle service at 8:50, 9:30 and 10:15 (the afternoon service departs from the campus at 16:30 and 17:10). The journey takes 15-10 minutes and the ticket is £1.00. This service also departs from stop 34.
3. Taxis: there is a taxi rank at the train station. The journey to the University takes about 10-15 minutes and costs around £10. Alternatively, mini-cab companies will pick you up at the station and bring you to the Open University for around £7. Their phone numbers are: 01908 222 111 (Skyline) and 01908 22 222 (Raffles). Ask the driver to take you to the Berrill building (main reception).

For information on how to get here by car click here.