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The ISUILS6 was held at Green Park Resort, located at the Tirrenia seaside resort, Pisa, Italy, during Sept. 23rd - 28th, 2007. As seen in the program posted on this website, after the opening session in which we paid tribute to Prof. See Leang Chin, Honorary Chair, we enjoyed the eight sessions, in which topics at the forefront of ultrafast intense laser science were discussed. On behalf of the international organizing committee, we thank all the invited participants having made the program so attractive.

In addition to the scientific sessions, we had an address from Dr. Claus Asheron, from Springer Verlag, who had been supporting us with publishing Progress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science, Springer's sub-series affiliated with our ISUILS activities. We also had presentations by the sponsor companies, Thales Laser, Amplitude Technologies, Fastlite, Femtolasers, and Coherent at Sponsors' session.

On the evening of Sept. 24th (Mon), we had a visit to the historical city area of downtown Pisa, where Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) once studied. On the afternoon of Sept. 25th (Tue) we had a tour to CNR Campus including the visit to the laboratory of Prof. Giulietti. On the afternoon of Sept. 26th (Wed), we had an excursion to a typical farmhouse nearby Lucca and tasted the local wine and food there, and then, we visited to the historical area of the downtown of Lucca.

Sincerely yours

Co-chairs of ISUILS6,
Antonio Giulietti
Ken Ledingham
Kaoru Yamanouchi

October 4th, 2007

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher closely associated with the scientific revolution between the XVI and XVII Century. His achievements include the first systematic studies of uniformly accelerated motion, improvements to the telescope, a variety of astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. Galileo's experiment-based work was a significant break from the abstract approach of Aristotle.

Galileo is referred to as the "father of modern observational astronomy", as the "father of modern physics", and as the "father of science" [Weidhorn, Manfred (2005). The Person of the Millennium: The Unique Impact of Galileo on World History. Universe Ed. ISBN 0595368778].

Galileo was born in Pisa (part of the Granducato di Toscana), the first of six children of Vincenzo Galilei, a famous lutenist and music theorist, and Guilia Ammannati. Although he seriously considered the priesthood as a young man, he enrolled for a medical degree at the University of Pisa at his father's urging. He did not complete this degree, but instead studied mathematics and in 1589 was appointed to the chair of mathematics in Pisa.

Galileo noted that a pendulum's swings always take the same amount of time, independently of the amplitude. The story goes that he came to this conclusion by watching the swings of the bronze chandelier in the cathedral of Pisa, using his pulse to time it.


Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi (1901 -1954) was an Italian physicist most noted for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, particle physics and statistical mechanics. Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity.

Fermi received his undergraduate and doctoral degree from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. There was an entrance exam which candidates had to take in order to enter the prestigious institute, which included an essay. For his essay, the seventeen year old Fermi chose to derive and solve the Fourier analysis based partial differential equation for waves on a string. The examiner interviewed Fermi and concluded that his essay would have been commendable even for a doctoral degree.
The ISUILS6 will be held in Tirrenia, Italy, 10 km from Pisa, the town of Galileo, during September 23rd - 27th, 2007.

The venue is Green Park Resort located at the coast of Tirrenian Sea. The host Institution is the Institute for Physical and Chemical Processes of CNR.

We wish you to join us to discuss issues at the forefront of UILS at the beautiful Medditeranean location.