XIII International conference on Hole Burning, Single Molecule, and Related Spectroscopies:
Science and Applications

August 6-12, 2018
Suzdal - Moscow, Russia

Last News: The conference was successful.

See report in near future.

HBSM’2018 is organized by the Institute for Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Troitsk, Moscow) with the Moscow State Pedagogical University. The conference will be held in the heart of Russia in one of the oldest Russian cities called Suzdal. It is known as one of the best places that illustratively and vividly tells about the centuries of eventful and dramatic history of this land and its people.

Laser selective spectroscopy has a particular significance and value for the Russian scientific community. The emergence of quasi-linear spectra of complex organic compounds in specially selected solvents at low cryogenic temperatures known as “Shpol’skii matrices” was first observed in 1952 by Prof. Eduard Shpol’skii’s group from the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. In 1972, a former student of Prof. Shpol’skii, Prof. Roman Personov, and his colleagues at the Institute for Spectroscopy of the USSR Academy of Sciences demonstrated successful site-selective laser excitation of narrow luminescence spectra in organic molecules. Two years later, in 1974, Personov’s group with their colleagues from the Institute of Physics in Tartu, Estonia (USSR) conducted the fundamental experiments on the persistent spectral hole burning. That work had formed the basis of laser site-selective spectroscopy of molecules which has now evolved in single-molecule spectroscopy.

HBSM was known under a few different names. It started in 1987 in Tallin, Estonia (USSR) as “All-Union Symposium on Modern Methods of Laser Spectroscopy of Molecules in Low-Temperature Media”. The second meeting took place in Monterey (California, USA, 1991) as “Persistent Spectral Hole Burning: Science and Applications” while the third became “Spectral Hole Burning and Luminescence Line Narrowing: Science and Applications” and moved to Ascona (Switzerland, 1992). Later it was organized as “International conferences on Hole-Burning and Related Spectroscopies (HBRS): Science and Applications” in Tokyo (Japan, 1994), Brainerd (Minnesota, USA, 1996) and Hourtin (France, 1999). In 2001, the conference finally found its current name “Hole Burning, Single Molecule, and Related Spectroscopies (HBSM): Science and Applications”. It paved its path through Taipei (Taiwan, 2001), Bozeman (Montana, USA, 2003), Aussois (France, 2006), Palm Cove (Australia, 2009), Tübingen (Germany, 2012) and Tartu (Estonia, 2015). This conference series has been exceptionally successful in bringing together participants from the leading research teams around the world to discuss the latest development in the fundamental science and the applications of site-selective and single-molecule spectroscopy and related topics.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Suzdal and Moscow!