January 30, 2007
Lijiang, the old and exotic city in Yunnan Province, China is located at
the altitude of 2,400 m above sea level. From the villa area of Guanfung
Hotel, we were able to see the big Dragon Snow Mountain whose 5,000 m
peak was covered by glaciers.
After the opening remarks by the three Co-chairs, we welcomed Pierre
Agostini and Zhizhan Xu as Honorary Co-chairs, where Philippe Martin and
Ruxin Li introduced to us the pioneering achievements made by Pierre and
Zhizhan, respectively, followed by their replies.
We had the following nine oral sessions in total: 溺olecules in Intense
Laser Field (Experiment),迭elativistic Optics,溺olecules in Intense
Laser Fields (Theory),鄭dvanced X-ray Sources and Quantum Emission,
鉄olid Target in Intense Laser Fields,鏑aser Plasma Interaction,
撤ropagation and Filamentation,and 鄭ttoseconds,and two poster
sessions on the first and last days. Thanks to well-arranged
introductions given by the discussion leaders and the wonderful talks
given by the invited speakers, we enjoyed very much the expanding
scientific frontiers and the lively discussions. In the Sponsor痴
Session on the last day, we had nice talks from Mr. Alexander Grujic
(Femto Lasers) and Dr. Ray Lian (Coherent), and a greeting from Mr.
Keisuke Momose (Thales Laser).
For those who attended the excursion to the Dragon Snow Mountain on
December 1st, the altitude of 4,680 m above sea level might have been
the highest that any of them had experienced in their life. Although the
air was very thin, the view from the top observation point was really
magnificent. The atmosphere of the Old Town of the local Naxi people was
special. The site offered many memorable scenes: narrow rivers where
clean snow water from the Dragon Snow Mountain flows, stone-paved road
whose surface has been walked over and hence polished by the people
for eight hundreds years,
the sea of tile-roofed houses seen from old wooden tower buildings, and
Naxi ladies wearing beautiful local costumes. The dances of the minority
people at the City Center and those performed by Naxi dancers at the
banquet were fascinating. The attraction of the wedding ceremony at the
banquet provided some light-hearted excitement.
We would like to thank Hongxiang Lin, Yueping Niu, and Miyuki Kusunoki
who supported us kindly and efficiently and helped us make the symposium
so enjoyable and stimulating. Finally, we would also like thank all our
Ruxin Lee, See Leang Chin, and Kaoru Yamanouchi