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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Meeting entitled "Ion Beam-Induced Spatio-Temporal Structural Evolution of Matter: Towards New Quantum Technologies" will be hosted by the University of Torino - Physics Department from 23 to 27 May 2016.
This event is a follow-up to the IAEA Consultant Meeting "Radiation Damage in Nanostructures created by Ion Beams", held on December 2015 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


Time and space-resolved ion beam irradiation techniques play an important role in modifying the properties and patterning of several classes of materials. To improve utilization of these ion beam techniques for tuning material properties for quantum technologies, requires the development of new experimental techniques and the refinement of theoretical models with an aim to deepen the understanding of radiation effects and ion-matter interaction processes. In analogy of recent developments of ultra-fast techniques to elucidate the dynamics of chemical reactions using focused fs-lasers, there is an exciting opportunity to gain access to the spatial and time domains of ion-solid interactions. Here, the goal is to track the dynamics of collision cascades induced by energetic ions in materials in situ using pump-probe type techniques with ion beams. Advancement in this area will be enabled by the development of short pulse and highly focused ion beam capabilities (based at accelerators and/or laser-plasma driven ion pulses), together with advances in (ultra)-fast and space-resolved diagnostics. Experimental results from these studies will anchor widely used models and simulation tools with the potential to greatly improve their predictive power. The aforementioned study is important because it can inform strategies for the design and engineering of materials with tailored properties for a broad range of applications.
The following three areas can be identified as those with high impact potential for ion beam driven materials design in emerging quantum technologies. The first is the quest for high critical temperature superconductivity with highly doped semiconductors (e.g. boron doped diamond) and modulation doped cuprates; the second regards advances in single dopant and colour center based quantum bits in semiconductors; the third area are 2D materials as promising post-CMOS devices e. g. in tunnel transistor architectures.
New approaches can build on these foundations to solve presently unsolved problems. Some problems need deeper understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of ion-solid interactions to shed light on processes for introducing dopant atoms into crystals, to activate desirable colour centers or to fabricate new phases of matter difficult or impossible by other methods. Successful approaches to these lines of research require interdisciplinary teams of experts.


The overall objective of this Technical Meeting is to provide a forum to exchange ideas and information on the spatio-temporal structural evolution of matter induced by ion beams, and to suggest collaborative research activities in this area that the IAEA could promote and facilitate.
Through scientific presentations and brainstorming discussions, this Technical Meeting is aimed to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To identify and address weaknesses in the understanding of the spatio-temporal structural evolution of matter induced by energetic ion irradiation.
  • To discuss the state of the art and new developments of ion beam techniques to induce and characterize the spatio-temporal structural evolution of materials, especially diamond, silicon, HTc superconductors, 2D materials and other emerging platforms for quantum technologies.
  • To initiate and foster international collaborations and develop strategies for multi-national research projects.
  • To identify joint interests in major projects underway in the institutions of the participants, the major stakeholders (including IAEA) in the research outcomes.
  • To explore novel dissemination methods including social media.
  • To identify the key research organisations, funding agencies and other actors of importance to the field.
  • To discuss and design a possible Research Proposal coordinated by IAEA, that will facilitate further development of time- and spatially resolved ion beam radiation techniques.


The meeting will cover the following topics:

  • Modeling and experimental benchmarking of ion cascades in the time domain.
    To gain experimental access to the time domain of radiation damage evolution: while molecular dynamics simulations have long been used to visualize the collision cascade dynamics, to date there are hardly any data that benchmark the simulations on time scales ranging from femtoseconds to seconds.
  • Development of time- and spatially resolved ion beam irradiation techniques.
    To enhance the experimental capabilities to modify and measure changes in materials properties induced by various modes of pulsed and collimated ion beam irradiation: study of the temporal dynamics of ion cascades and the development of stencil lithography with nanoscale patterning capability.
  • High temperature superconductivity tailored by ion beams.
    To investigate the superconductivity in doped superconductors (e.g. boron doped diamond) and in cuprates (e.g. YBCO, BSCCO) with modulation doping, formed by ion implantation.
  • Dynamics of spin qubit and color center formation in semiconductors (Si, BN, SiC, diamond).
    To develop new ion beam irradiation and implantation methods to explore the formation dynamics of single dopants and luminescence centers for the development of a deterministic fabrication pathway.
  • Radiation effects in 2D materials and interfaces.
    To functionalize 2D materials such as graphene or MoS2, and/or buried interfaces of hetero-junctions, through the engineering of defects induced by ion beams, by using either a focused ion beam probe or stencil lithography.

Scientific Programme

The IAEA Technical Meeting is reserved to scientists delegated by their own Governments to contribute to achieve the objectives of the Meeting. For the official participants, the complete programme of the meeting is available here.

The Meeting Guidelines for official participants can be dowloaded from here. They include a general description of the Meeting organization and suggestions on the preparation of the contributions.

By virtue of the emerging interest in Quantum Technologies, the first two days of the meeting that are devoted to present the state of the art and new developments of ion beam techniques, will be open to a wider audience. To attend these public and fee-free sessions, registration is required and available online here.

Meeting Format

The meeting will have invited and contributed oral papers presented in sessions devoted to special topics with subsequent discussions.
It is expected that invited talks, as keynotes for the sessions, will be 30 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion; session talks will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion. An electronic projector connected to a computer capable of reading CDs and memory sticks will be available for the presentations (pdf or Power Point recommended).
A summary session will provide the possibility to review the progress reported at the meeting and recommend directions for future policy and research.
Depending on the number of contributions a poster session may be organized.
The official language of the meeting is English (no translation service will be provided). It is expected that the meeting will start at 9:30 on 23 May 2016 and end by 13:00 on 27 May 2016. A short summary of the meeting, including recommendations, will be presented and approved during the Summary Session.

Expected participants

The meeting is open to experts working in the field of materials science especially using medium- and high- energy Ion Beam Accelerators for materials characterization and modification.
Representatives of Research Executive Agencies, Policy Makers and other authorities in a decision-making position foreseeing the role, priority areas and strategic planning of accelerator science and technology in the mid-term (5-15 years) are also welcome to participate in the meeting.



Ms. Aliz Simon Mr. Ettore Vittone
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) University of Torino
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences Physics Department
Vienna International center, P.O. Box 100,
A1400 Vienna, Austria
via Pietro Giuria 1,
10125 Torino, Italy
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21706; Fax: +43 1 26007 Tel.: +39 0116707371; Fax: +39 0116707020
Aliz.Simon@iaea.org ettore.vittone@unito.it

International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC)

Mr. Mark B.H. Breese
CIBA, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Mr. David Jamieson
School of Physics, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Mr. Kai Nordlund
Division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics and Helsinki Institute of Physics,Finland.
Mr. Thomas Schenkel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA.
Mr. Xinwei Wang Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, P. R. China.

IAEA Administrative Secretary

Ms Rozanna BOJDO
International Atomic Energy Agency
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Vienna International center, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21754, Fax: +43 1 26007

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

Mr. Federico Bosia fbosia@unito.it
Mr. Jacopo Forneris jacopo.forneris@unito.it
Mr. Paolo Olivero olivero@to.infn.it
Mr. Marco Truccato truccato@to.infn.it

Local Secretariat

Ms. Valentina Bonino
Mr. Sviatoslav Ditalia
Mr. Federico Beccaria


Meeting venue, accommodation and transportation

Meeting location

The meeting will be held at the historical rectorate building of the University of Torino

via G. Verdi 8, via Po 17 , in the Torino city center.


Metro: Train/Metro: The closest Train/Metro station to the meeting location is "Porta Nuova" (15 minutes walk), while the "Porta Susa" and the nearby "XVIII Dicembre" stations is at a 20-25 minutes walk. See below for bus/tram connections. Bus: The meeting location is conveniently reached by several bus and tram lines from the closest train/metro stations:
    • lines #61 or #68 from "Porta Nuova" train station
      lines #13 or #56 from "XVIII Dicembre" metro station
      line #55 from nearby the "Porta Susa" train/metro station
      line #68 from "Vinzaglio" metro station

  • From Torino Caselle International Airport:

    By bus: SADEM shuttle buses run approximately every 15 minutes from the airport to Torino (main stops in Torino are both the "Porta Susa" and "Porta Nuova" stations).
    The bus timetable can be found here.
    The transfer takes about 45/50 minutes. Tickets can be bought on the bus, or at a kiosk inside the airport terminal (6.50 EUR + 1,00 EUR aboard). More info can be found here.

    By taxi: taxi fare of 30/50 EUR for trips going from the airport to the city centre. The trip takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on traffic. More info can be found here.

    Useful links
    • Public transportation in Torino - GTT
      Shuttle bus from Milano Malpensa Airport - SADEM.
  • Accommodation

    The hotels which have agreed to offer special rates to the University guests are listed here.
    For any problem, please contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).


    About 40 people from IAEA Member States and international organizations are expected to attend. Participants should be persons actively involved in the topics of the meeting.

    In order to participate in the meeting, these major steps must be completed:

    1. IAEA PARTICIPATION (Form A submission)
      A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form A is transmitted to the IAEA through the appropriate Governmental representative authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority) by 17 March 2016.
      In case the participant intends to make a contribution a relevant abstract should be attached together with Form B.

    2. The Forms can be found in the IAEA web site

      A one page abstract must be submitted by 17 March 2016, together with the nomination.
      The abstract may be text only or contain figures and graphics, but must only be one page.
      Preferred file format is Microsoft Word. The filename should be in the following format: ''lastname.firstname.filetype''.
      The abstract must contain the authors' names, affiliation and email addresses. The abstract shall be prepared according to the following instructions:
      1. Page size: A4 (297mm by 210 mm) - vertical orientation
      2. Margins 25mm all around
      3. Layout:
        • Title: single-spaced, 14-point size, Times New Roman Font, bold
        • Authors: single-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font
        • Affiliation: single-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font, italic
        • Text: 1.5 spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman Font
        • Length: one page
        • At the end of the abstract, the topic you are contributing to.
      Authors must make sure that the files do not include copyrighted fonts or any other impediments for reproduction.
      Please submit the abstract electronically directly to the meeting co-chairs Subject: IAEA TM Torino

      by 17 March 2016

      The abstracts will be reviewed and selected> A Book of Abstracts will be compiled for free distribution by the meeting Co-Chairs and the International Programme Advisory Committee.
      Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contributions via email by 4 April 2016.

      A Book of Abstracts will be compiled for free distribution during the meeting to every participant. A meeting report will be prepared during the meeting and distributed to each meeting participant. If agreed during the meeting, then a scientific publication/special issue will be prepared based on some of the contributions after the meeting.
      The costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by University of Torino and the IAEA.
      No registration fee will be charged to participants attending the meeting.
      As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay for participants' travel and living expenses. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of selected specialists, mainly from developing countries with low economic resources. Generally, not more than one travel grant may be awarded to any one country.
      If Governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the IAEA Scientific Secretary at the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:
      1. are received by the IAEA before 17 March 2016,
      2. are accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Form C,
      3. are accompanied by a duly completed and signed Form A, Form B and abstract is fully in line with the scope of the technical meeting and selected for oral presentation.

      The Forms can be found in the IAEA web site

      Applications that do not fully comply with the conditions mentioned above cannot be considered.
      Awards will be announced around 4 April 2016.


    Participants who require a visa to enter Italy should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Italy as soon as possible. A letter of invitation will be sent to the accepted participants around 8 April 2016.
    Letters of support from the Local Organizing Committee will be provided on request to the LOC Secretariat.
    Information about visa can be found in this link:

    Further information

    Further information on the Technical Meeting can be found in the IAEA website

    Further information on Torino and its surroundings can be found in the Official tourism wesite of Turin and its province

    Map City Center

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    Important deadlines

    To be updated depending on the host government acceptance.

    17 March 2016 - Nominations to be sent to the IAEA and submission of abstracts according to the instructions above for selection.

    17 March 2016 - Request to the IAEA for financial support.

    4 April 2016 - Participants will be informed about the acceptance of their contribution.

    4 April 2016 - Grant awards.

    8 April 2016 - Letter of invitations are sent to the accepted participants by the IAEA.

    23 May 2016 - Meeting begins.

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