ATLANTIC Advanced theoretical network for modeling light matter interactIon

ATLANTIC” means Advanced theoretical network for modeling light matter interactIon.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (2019-2024) under grant agreement No 823897.


The ATLANTIC project has ended in Feb. 2024. The corresponding website has therefore closed as well. A backup of its state before closure is available.


The ATLANTIC project is aiming at developing a network of advanced theoretical modeling of laser-matter interaction that will foster the development of novel theories by bridging the mathematical descriptions within a consortium of scientific groups who have pioneered these formalisms. These physical models address in details the timescales from the attosecond to the microsecond and the spatial scales from the nanometer to the millimeter, providing accurate but partial predictions of experimental data in a disjoint manner. Connecting the respective formalisms of these communities will enable to address phenomena that remained unexplained so far and to achieve beyond state of art capabilities.
First activity will be directly interfacing the simulation results provided by participants using mathematical parametrizations generated from first-principle concepts to the large spatial scale models, enabling to predict the consequences of laser-triggered quantum effects within an efficient simplified formalism. The secondment periods will be used to develop hybrid theories made possible by training research staffs and novel generations to mutually understand and contribute to the development of each others theoretical descriptions. Interdisciplinarity is at the core of this project as it will be bridging several fields of science: ultrafast phenomena, nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, quantum chemistry, materials engineering, and laser-materials processing. Within the action, novel formalisms will be developed and emerging applications such as harmonic generation, THz wave generation, laser nanostructuring, materials functionalization, complex materials engineering, compound materials science might be further elucidated (described), and young specialists will be trained.

List of participants

The ATLANTIC project of the European Commission stands for developing an “Advanced theoretical network for modeling light matter interaction”.

Since March 1st 2019, the ATLANTIC project, which aims at developing an international network and regular exchanges between theoreticians of laser materials interaction all around the world, has started. The international consortium is composed of 11 countries including 6 members of the EU (Bulgaria, Ireland, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdoms and Germany) along with 5 non-EU countries (Japan, Russia, Bielorussia, Argentina and Uzbekistan) for a total of 12 participating institutions. The Bulgarian group is coordinator of the project.

Purpose of the project is to exchange researchers (permanents, post-docs and PhD students) between teams that have been pioneering various methods of numerical modeling for the description of interaction of laser light with materials. The project is funded by the European Commission, under the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions, “Research and Innovation Staff Exchange” program, and comprises prestigious theoretical groups such as the groups of:

The project looks forward to ensuring highest standards in term of scientific quality and diplomacy in view of training future generations of scientists with the best scientific standards.

New Bulgarian University (NBU, Sofia, Bulgaria)
  1. assoc. prof. Tzveta Apostolova (coordinator, and leader of WP6)
  2. Dr. Stoian Mishev
CNRS – Laboratoire Physique Théorique (LPT, Toulouse, France)
  1. prof. E. Suraud
  2. assoc. prof. M. Belkcacem
  3. assoc. prof. M. Dinh
HiLASE Centre, Institute of Physics (IP-ASCR, Prague)
  1. prof. Nadezhda M. Bulgakova
  2. Dr. Thibault Derrien (leader of WP3 and WP5)
  3. Dr. Yoann Levy (leader of WP4)
  4. Krystof Hlinomaz
  5. Sergey Lisunov
Max Born Institute (MBI, Berlin, Germany)
  1. (MBI) Anton Husakou (leader of WP1)
  2. (MBI) Igor Babushkin
Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB, Belfast, UK)
  1. prof. Jorge Kohanoff
  2. prof. Lorenzo Stella (leader of WP2)
  3. prof. Tchavdar Todorov
Imperial College London (ICL, London, UK)
  1. prof. Andrew Horsfield
Novosibirsk State University (NSU, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation)
  1. prof. M. P. Fedoruk
  2. prof. Vladimir P. Zhukov
  3. Dr. Sergey Starinskyi
Belarus Academy of Sciences SPMRC (Minsk, Belarus)
  1. Dr. Olga Fedotova
  2. V. Gusakov
  3. G. Rusetsky
  4. Oleg Khasanov
Belarus State University (BSU, Minsk)
  1. Dr. Oleg Romanov
  2. Dr. A. Fedotov
  3. A. Kozlovski
  4. Ya. Tsitavets
  5. Igor Timoshchenko
  6. T. Smirnova
  7. Ya. Okrut
Tashkent University (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
  1. prof. Usman Sapaev
  2. Dr. Ilya Kulagin
  3. Djavdat Yusupov
University of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  1. prof. D. Scherlis
  2. C. Bustamente
  3. E. Gadea
National University of Cordoba (Cordoba, Argentina)
  1. prof. Cristian Sanchez
  2. M. Berdakin
  3. D. Marquez
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba, Japan)
  1. prof. Kazuhiro Yabana

Work package structure

  • WP1 – Propagation of light and harmonic generation
  • WP2 – Coupled electron-photon-phonon first-principle descriptions
  • WP3 – Excitation of electrons in solids
  • WP4 – Energy relaxation in light-matter interaction
  • WP5 – Polaritonics in light-matter interaction

List of published works

Researchers marked in bold font are members of the ATLANTIC network. All publications related to the ATLANTIC project must be accessible on an open-access basis, and acknowledge the project explicitly.

Scientific publications with acknowledgment to the project

  1. Stella, Lorenzo; Smyth, Jonathan; Dromey, Brendan; Kohanoff, Jorge,
    An excitonic model for the electron-hole plasma relaxation in proton-irradiated insulators,
    Eur. Phys. J. D. 75, 203 (2021),
    [Gold Open access].
  2. Bertoni, Andres I.; Fogarty, Richard M.; Sanchez, Cristian G.; Horsfield, Andrew P.
    QM/MM optimization with quantum coupling: Host-guest interactions in a pentacene-doped p-terphenyl crystal,
    J. Chem. Phys. 156, 44110 (2022),
  3. Gadea, Esteban D.; Bustamante, Carlos M.; Todorov, Tchavdar N.; Scherlis, Damian A.
    Radiative thermalization in semiclassical simulations of light-matter interaction,
    Phys. Rev. A 105, 42201 (2022),
    [Publisher | GREEN OPEN ACCESS].
  4. Bustamante, Carlos M.; Gadea, Esteban D.; Todorov, Tchavdar N.; Scherlis, Damian A.
    Tailoring cooperative emission in molecules: superradiance and subradiance from first-principles simulations, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13, 11601 (2022),
    [Publisher | GREEN OPEN ACCESS]
  5. Ruziev, Z. J. ; Fedotova, O.; Khasanov, O. K. & Sapaev, U.
    Features of Second Harmonic Generation of Intense Short Laser Pulses in Crystals with a Regular Domain Structure Under Conditions of Self-Action, Nonstationarity, and Synchronism of Group Velocities.
    Journal of Applied Spectroscopy, Springer,
    2021, 1-5.
    [Open access]
  6. Bustamante, Carlos M.; Gadea, Esteban D.; Horsfield, Andrew; Todorov, Tchavdar N.; Gonzalez Lebrero, Mariano C.; Scherlis, Damian A.,
    Dissipative Equation of Motion for Electromagnetic Radiation in Quantum Dynamics,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 87401 (2021),
    [Publisher | Repository]
  7. Sabirov, O., I; Yusupov, D. B.; Akbarova, N. A.; Sapaev, U. K.,
    On the theoretical analysis of parametric amplification of femtosecond laser pulses in crystals with a regular domain structure,
    Phys. Wave Phenom. 30, 227 (2022),
    [Publisher] No open access.
  8. Bustamante, Carlos M.; Gadea, Esteban D.; Todorov, Tchavdar N.; Horsfield, Andrew; Stella, Lorenzo; Scherlis, Damian A.
    Fluorescence in quantum dynamics: accurate spectra require post-mean-field approaches,
    J. Chem. Phys. 158, 144104 (2023),
    [Publisher | GREEN OPEN ACCESS].
  9. Husakou, A.; Fedotova, O.; Rusetsky, R.; Khasanov, O.; Smirnova, T.; Fedotov, A.; Apostolova, T.; Babushkin, I.; Sapaev, U.
    Unified model for a nonlinear pulse propagation in composites and optimization of THz generation,
    Phys. Rev. A 108, 13506 (2023),
    [Publisher | GREEN OPEN ACCESS].
  10. Sabirov, Obid I.; Assanto, Gaetano; Sapaev, Usman K.
    Efficient third-harmonic generation by inhomogeneous quasi-phase-matching in quadratic crystals, Photonics (MDPI) 10, 76 (2023), [Publisher].
  11. Ruziev, Z. J.; Fedotova, O. M.; Khasanov, O. Kh; Sapaev, U. K.
    Features of second harmonic generation of intense short laser pulses in crystals with a regular domain structure under conditions of self-action, nonstationarity, and synchronism of group velocities,
    J. Appl. Spectr. 88, 514 (2021),
  12. Husakou, Anton; Babushkin, Ihar; Fedotova, Olga; Rusetsky, Ryhor; Smirnova, Tatsiana; Khasanov, Oleg; Fedotov, Alexander; Sapaev, Usman; Apostolova, Tzveta,
    Tunable in situ near-UV pulses by transient plasmonic resonance in nanocomposites,
    Optics Express 31, 501153 (2023),
  13. Sabirov, Obid I.; Sornambigai, G.; Raja, R. Vasantha Jayakantha; Pandiyan, Krishnamoorthy; Sapaev, Usman K.
    High efficient optical parametric amplification of femtosecond pulses in MgO doped PPLN crystals at 3.4 μm,
    Opt. Quant. El. 55, 725 (2023),
    [Publisher]. No open access.
  14. Shi, L.; Babushkin, I.; Husakou, A.; Melchert, O.; Frank, B.; Yi, J.; Wetzel, G.; Demircan, A.; Lienau, C.; Giessen, H. & others.
    Femtosecond Field-Driven On-Chip Unidirectional Electronic Currents in Nonadiabatic Tunneling Regime.
    Laser & Photonics Rev. 15, 2000475 (2021),
  15. T. J.-Y. Derrien, N. Tancogne-Dejean, V. P. Zhukov, H. Appel, A. Rubio, N. M. Bulgakova
    Photoionization and transient Wannier-Stark ladder in silicon: First-principles simulations versus Keldysh theoryPhysical Review B 104, L241201 (2021)[Press release][Open access publication]
  16. Bertoni, A. I.; Derrien, T. J.-Y. & Sanchez, C. G. Density Functional Based Tight Binding,
    in Kuznetsov, A. E. (Ed.),
    Density Functional Theory: Fundamental Theory, Key Methods, and Applications, Elsevier, 2024 (submitted).
    Chapter in a monograph. Not an open access document. [Publisher]. No Open access.
  17. Ryabchikov, Y. V.; Mirza, I.; Flimelová, M.; Kana, A. & Romanyuk, O.
    Merging of Bi-Modality of Ultrafast Laser Processing: Heating of Si/Au Nanocomposite Solutions with Controlled Chemical Content.
    Nanomaterials (MDPI), 2024, 14, 321.
  18. M. Zukerstein, V. P. Zhukov, T. J.-Y. Derrien, O. Fedotova, N. M. Bulgakova,
    Double-pulse-laser volumetric modification of fused silica: the effect of pulse delay on light propagation and energy deposition,
    Optics Express 32, 12882 (2024).
  19. V. P. Zhukov, N. M. Bulgakova,
    Volumetric Modification of Transparent Materials with Two-Color Laser Irradiation: Insight from Numerical Modeling,
    Materials (MDPI) 17, 1763 (2024).
  20. A. Husakou, Z. Ruziev, K.  Koraboev, F.  Morales, M. Richter, K. Yabana,
    Photoionization-induced reflection for benchmarking of the photoionization models in solid,
    Submitted for publication.

Conference communications (2021)

  1. O. Sabirov, N. Akbarova, N. Atadjanova and U. Sapaev
    Efficient realization of infrared coherent radiation by the method of parametric light amplification in nonlinear photonic crystals
    J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 2131 052092 (2021)
    [Open access][Contribution to WP1]
  2. S. Lipski, I. Timoshchenko, Y. Levy, O. Fedotova, and O. Romanov
    Numerical simulation of thermomechanical action of ultrashort laser pulses on metals
    Actual problems in solid state physics – IХ International Scientific Conference (2021)
    [Open access][Contribution to WP4]
  3. S. Sharyna, I. Timoshchenko, Y. Levy, O. Romanov
    Laser-Driven Convection in Molten Metal: Numerical Experiment
    Actual problems in solid state physics – IХ International Scientific Conference (2021)
    [Open access][Contribution to WP4]
  4. K. Hlinomaz, A. S. Fedotov, I. Timoshchenko , A. Kozlovski, Y. Levy, T. J.–Y. Derrien, V. P. Zhukov, O. G. Romanov, N. M. Bulgakova
    Actual problems in solid state physics – IХ International Scientific Conference (2021)
    [Open access][Contribution to WP4]
  5. O. Fedotova, A. Husakou, R. Rusetski, O. Khasanov, A. Fedotov, T.Smirnova, U. Sapaev, P. Klenovsky, and I. Babushkin
    Promising materials for THz and second harmonic generation by femtosecond laser pulses
    Actual problems in solid state physics – IХ International Scientific Conference (2021)
    [Open access][Contribution to WP1]

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