2015 Joint ICTP-IAEA Advanced School and Workshop on Modern Methods in Plasma Spectroscopy

(The event has concluded. This web page serves as a record and it provides links to many of the presentations that were given in the school and workshop.)

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jointly organized this Advanced School and Workshop held at ICTP in Miramare, Trieste, Italy, from 16 to 27 March 2015. The Advanced School in the first week brought together experts in experimental and theoretical plasma spectroscopy to train early-career plasma scientists in the most recent developments and results in the field. The Workshop in the second week provided opportunities for participants to present their work, discuss current needs in plasma diagnostics, and motivate further developments.

For the advanced school the desired participants by application are young researchers at about the post-doc level working in the field of radiative processes of atomic ions in fusion, astrophysical and industrial plasma or warm and hot dense matter and with a good background in theoretical plasma spectroscopy already. The workshop in the second week is intended for more senior scientists in the field and is largely filled by invitation. A scientific contribution (talk or poster) is expected from each participant in the advanced school or the workshop.

Dates: 16-27 March 2015

Location: ICTP - Miramare, Trieste, Italy.

Directors: H.-K. Chung and B. J. Braams (IAEA), Yu. Ralchenko (NIST).
Local organizer: J. Niemela (ICTP).
Administrative support: Ms E. Brancaccio (ICTP).
Email: [email protected]

ICTP Activity Announcement (A3 Poster).

ICTP Activity Website (event a14254, SMR2745).

Summary Report and Book of Abstracts.

Group photos of the school and workshop. Click on an image to open or download the original.


The purpose of the School and Workshop is to provide training and information exchange for plasma physicists, plasma spectroscopists, and other users of atomic data for fusion, astrophysics and laser and plasma applications to expand their knowledge of plasma spectroscopy and associated atomic science. With rapid development of experimental and theoretical techniques for plasma spectroscopic diagnostics as well as ongoing construction and/or upgrade of international (ITER) and national fusion machines, new space observatories and new laser user facilities a comprehensive yet reasonably compact overview of modern diagnostic methods will significantly contribute to improvement of analysis and understanding of plasma behaviour in fusion experiments, industrial devices, extraterrestrial objects and warm and hot dense matter.





Posters will be presented by participants. (Abstracts are available by clicking names)

Participants expected for the school (first week) only:

Valentin Aslanyan (UK), Matthew Carr (UK), Uddhab Prasad Chaulagain (France), Dipti (India), Tony Donnelly (Ireland), Bo Han (China), Dominic Heunoske (Germany), Konstantin Kurchikov (Russia), João Loureiro (Portugal), Uria Peretz (Israel), Matej Tomes (Czech Republic), Dobromił Radosław Załoga (Poland).

Participants expected for both weeks:

Giuliano D'Ammando (Italy), Gonzalo Felipe Avaria (Chile), Girum Abebe Beyene (UK), Christian Brandt (Germany), Tapasi Das (USA), Xiaobin Ding (China), Maylis Dozieres (France), Marijana Gavrilović (Serbia), Itay Gissis (Israel), Heather Marie Johns (USA), Dass Sudhir Kumar (India), Maryna Ladygina (Ukraine), Sapna Mishra (India), Nilam Nimavat (India), Mark D Nornberg (USA), Jüri Raud (Czeck Republic), Maogen Su (China), Duixiong Sun (China), Yang Yang (China).

Participants expected for the workshop (second week) only:

Mohammed Koubiti (France), Wonwook Lee (Korea), Tsanko Vaskov Tsankov (Germany), Sanjeev Varshney (India).


The Advanced School in the first week featured lectures and computer labs. Participants by application presented their work in a poster session. The Workshop in the second week offered invited and contributed talks and a poster session.

The lectures and other talks were held in the Euler lecture room, Leonardo da Vinci Building (ICTP main building). The posters were in the corridor around the Budinich Lecture Hall, also in the Leonardo Building. The computer labs were held downstairs in the Adriatico Building.

The active link for each presentation goes to a pdf file of the presentation: lecture, invited or contributed talk, poster, or supporting material for the computer lab.

Monday 16 March 2015, first day of Advanced School

08:30 - 09:30 E. Brancaccio: Registration and administrative formalities in the Main Lobby, Leonardo da Vinci Building.
09:30 - 10:00 Directors: Welcome on behalf of IAEA, overview of the school, introduction of participants.
10:00 - 10:30 Yu. Ralchenko, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA: Overview of plasma spectroscopy.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 H.-J. Kunze, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany: Experimental spectroscopy.
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 J. Ekman and P. Jönsson, Malmö University, Sweden: Atomic structure calculations: fundamental concepts.
14:30 - 15:30 Yu. Ralchenko: Radiative processes. (Continuation of earlier Overview lecture.)
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 All: Poster Session. See below. Posters can remain up throughout the event.
17:30 - 19:00 Welcome reception

Tuesday 17 March 2015

09:00 - 10:00 H.-J. Kunze: Diagnostic applications.
10:00 - 10:30 Yu. Ralchenko: Atomic collisions.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Yu. Ralchenko: Atomic collisions (continued).
11:30 - 12:30 J. Ekman and P. Jönsson: Atomic structure calculations using GRASP2K.
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 J. Ekman and P. Jönsson: Computer lab 1: GRASP2K. (External link.)
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 C. J. Fontes, LANL, Los Alamos, NM, USA: Computer lab 2: ATOMIC.

Wednesday 18 March 2015

09:00 - 10:00 E. Behar, Technion, Haifa, Israel: Atomic processes in plasmas.
10:00 - 10:45 Yu. Ralchenko: Line shapes and broadening.
10:45 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:15 C. J. Fontes: Opacities: LTE and Non-LTE.
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 H. A. Scott, LLNL, Livermore, CA, USA: Radiation transport.
14:30 - 15:00 K. Koshelev, Troitsk, Russian Federation: Industrial plasma - is it something to respect?
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:30 K. Koshelev: Industrial plasma (continued).
16:30 - 17:30 All: Poster session (continued).

Thursday 19 March 2015

09:00 - 09:45 O. Marchuk, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany: Magnetic fusion spectroscopy.
09:45 - 10:30 H.-K. Chung, IAEA, Vienna, Austria: Spectroscopy of dense plasmas.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 C. J. Fontes: Opacities: means and uncertainties.
11:45 - 12:30 H. A. Scott: Radiation transport (continued).
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 H. A. Scott: Computer lab 3: CRETIN.
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 H.-K. Chung: Computer lab 4: FLYCHK.

Friday 20 March 2015

09:00 - 10:00 E. Behar: Spectroscopic diagnostics of astrophysical plasmas. (Special lecture for wider audience, held in the Budinich lecture hall.)
10:00 - 11:00 Break and Solar Eclipse Session
11:00 - 12:00 O. Marchuk: Magnetic fusion spectroscopy (continued).
12:00 - 12:30 All: Conclusions.
12:30 School adjourns

Monday 23 March 2015, first day of Workshop

08:30 - 09:00 E. Brancaccio: Registration and administrative formalities in the Main Lobby, Leonardo da Vinci Building.
09:00 - 09:40 Directors: Welcome on behalf of IAEA, Overview of the workshop, introduction of participants.
09:40 - 10:20 R. Dux, IPP Garching, Germany: Active spectroscopy on the neutral beams in ASDEX Upgrade.
10:20 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 H. Nishimura, Osaka University, Japan: Quantitative x-ray spectroscopy for energy transport in fast ignition plasma driven with LFEX PW laser.
11:40 - 12:20 Y. Aglitskiy, NRL, USA: Analysis of X-ray Nike spectra from highly charged high-Z ions.
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 S. Vinko, Oxford University, UK: Measuring fundamental properties of dense plasmas on X-ray Free-Electron Lasers.
14:40 - 15:20 B. I. Cho, GIST, Gwangju, Korea: Reverse saturable absorption of intense X-ray pulses in aluminum.
15:20 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 All: Poster session. See below. Posters can remain up throughout the event.
17:30 - 19:00 All: Reception.

Tuesday 24 March 2015

09:00 - 09:10 J. Niemela, ICTP, Trieste, Italy: Welcome on behalf of ICTP.
09:10 - 09:50 C. J. Fontes, LANL, Los Alamos, NM, USA: Opacities for neutron star mergers.
09:50 - 10:30 H. A. Scott, LLNL, Livermore, CA, USA: Spectroscopic investigations of implosions on the National Ignition Facility.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 J. Kaastra, SRON, Utrecht, The Netherlands: Progress in modeling astrophysical plasmas.
11:40 - 12:20 Yu. Ralchenko, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA: Detailed spectra modeling in low-density plasmas.
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 E. Behar, Technion, Haifa, Israel: From Spectroscopic Diagnostics of Black Hole Winds to Their Physical Structure.
14:40 - 15:20 E. Stambulchik, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel: Lineshape modeling for collisional-radiative calculations.
15:20 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:20 (C) Gonzalo Filipe Avaria, CCHEN, Santiago, Chile: Spectral characterization of pulsed plasma discharges at CCHEN and NSF Engineering Research Center for EUV Science and Technology.
16:20 - 16:40 (C) G. D’Ammando, CNR and University of Bari, Italy: Radiation transport, fluid dynamic and collisional-radiative model of radiative shock waves in H2/He mixture for aerospace and astrophysical plasmas.
16:40 - 17:00 (C) H. M. Johns, LANL, Los Alamos, NM, USA: Improved collisional line broadening for low-temperature ions and neutrals in the plasma modelling code ATOMIC.
17:00 - 17:20 (C) T. V. Tsankov, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany: Atomic processes in low pressure argon afterglows.

Wednesday 25 March 2015

09:00 - 09:40 R. Barnsley, ITER Organization, France: ITER spectroscopic diagnostics.
09:40 - 10:20 M. Goto, NIFS, Toki, Japan: Two categories of spectroscopic measurements and analyses for the fusion plasma diagnosis.
10:20 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 Y. Maron, WIS, Rehovot, Israel: Experimental determination of the ion temperature and hydromotion in an imploding plasma and implications to pressure and energy balance.
11:40 - 12:20 R. Prakash, CEERI, Pilani, Rajasthan, India: Simultaneous Estimations of Plasma Parameters using Quantitative Spectroscopy.
12:20 Free time

Thursday 26 March 2015

09:00 - 09:40 S. Brezinsek, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany: Atomic and molecular spectroscopy in the scrape-off layer of high temperature fusion plasmas, results from TEXTOR and JET.
09:40 - 10:20 J. Ghosh, IPR, India: Estimation of oxygen transport coefficients using the O[4+] visible spectral line in the Aditya tokamak.
10:20 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 U. Zastrau, Jena and Hamburg, Germany: Electron trapping by strong Coulomb coupling in a relativistic laser plasma.
11:40 - 12:20 O. Renner, FZU, Czech Republic: Hot electron production at shock-ignition-relevant conditions characterized by high resolution spectroscopy and imaging.
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 S. Bastiani-Ceccotti, LULI, France: Analysis of the X-ray emission from well-characterized NLTE mid- and high-Z laser-produced plasmas.
14:40 - 15:20 H.-K. Chung, IAEA, Vienna, Austria: Atomic processes in dense plasmas.
15:20 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:20 (C) M. Koubiti, University of Aix-Marseille, France: Emission spectroscopy applied to divertor plasmas of magnetic fusion devices.
16:20 - 16:40 (C) S. Varshney, ITER-India, India: Current needs and developments in X-Ray Crystal Spectroscopy for ITER.
16:40 - 17:20 All: Discussion.

Friday 27 March 2015

09:00 - 09:40 M. O'Mullane, University of Strathclyde, UK: Assembling atomic data for diagnosing and modelling fusion plasmas.
09:40 - 10:20 D. W. Savin, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA: A review of cosmically motivated measurements for atomic ionization and recombination using ion storage rings.
10:20 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 B. J. Braams, IAEA, Vienna, Austria: Steps towards uncertainty estimates for calculated atomic and molecular data.
11:40 - 12:20 All: Discussion.
12:20 Workshop adjourns

Poster sessions

Poster sessions were held on Monday 16 March, Wednesday 18 March and Monday 23 March with posters staying up throughout the event.


The conference is held in the Leonardo Building on the ICTP campus. The campus is located next to Miramare Park and Castle, about 7 km from the centre of Trieste.

Image courtesy, credit and/or copyright (c) ICTP. Source: ICTP Media Centre (> Picture Gallery > ICTP Campus).


List of meetings in 2015 and 2016 that are relevant to atomic processes and atomic spectroscopy in plasmas.

The present conference is advertised on several meetings lists and these lists may also be a good source of information about other events of related interest.

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