August 29, 2022 to September 2, 2022
Europe/London timezone


Testing the response of physical systems to strong external fields has a venerable history in physics. Examples include spin models and superconductors in magnetic fields, probes of the electromagnetic and gravitational fields in the vicinity of localised sources (such as heavy ions, magnetars or black holes) and a variety of scenarios in strong interactions. A particular instance of strong electromagnetic fields has become relevant in recent years in the form of high-powered lasers (HPLs) defining a new intensity frontier. 

Pushing this frontier further, new record intensities are being reported at dedicated high-power laser facilities.  Innovative particle physics experiments combining HPL and electron beams such as E320 at SLAC and LUXE at DESY will achieve higher precision and higher centre-of-mass energies. Alternatively, strong-field QED is being tested by colliding high energy electrons with crystalline targets and through astrophysical observations hinting at the existence of vacuum birefringence. 

The purpose of this conference is to present the different areas of physics concerned with intense fields and the methods being employed. Areas of interest include: QED where intense fields can occur in a range of physical systems; gravitational systems and their radiation; QCD where strong fields are ubiquitous. The conference aims at enriching our understanding of (typically non-perturbative) theoretical tools and comparing their output with simulation and experimental results.

The Physics in Intense Fields (PIF22) conference follows on from PIF2013 held at DESY, Germany, and PIF2010 held at KEK, Japan. The programme has much in common with recent conferences ExHILP 21 at the University of Jena, Germany and "The Schwinger Effect and Strong-Field Physics Workshop" at the Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics, Japan, but is designed to cover topics beyond strong-field QED and HPL science.  We particularly encourage contributions from early career researchers.

Advisory Committee

  • Tom Blackburn, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Stepan Bulanov, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Olindo Corradini, University of Modena, Italy
  • Anton Ilderton, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Felix Karbstein, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
  • Katarzyna Krajewska, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Christian Schubert, UNAM-UAEM, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Daniel Seipt, Helmholtz-Institut Jena, Germany
  • Hidetoshi Taya, RIKEN iTHEMS, Wako, Japan
  • Greger Torgrimsson, Umeå University, Sweden
Registration for this event is currently open.