Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Particles

N e w s l e t t e r

September 2016

Issue 75


Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference ELS-XVI



Second Announcement

The 16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVI) will be held at the University of Maryland/College Park, MD, USA on 19-25 March 2017. It will build on the remarkable success of the previous ELS conferences held in Amsterdam, Helsinki (twice), New York, Vigo, Halifax, Gainesville, Bremen, Salobrena, St. Petersburg, Bodrum, Hatfield, Taormina, Lille, and Leipzig. The main objective of the conference is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.



The specific topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • new theoretical developments, numerical simulations, and laboratory measurements of light scattering by nonspherical and morphologically complex particles and particle groups
  • detection and characterization of atmospheric particulates using laboratory, in situ, and remote sensing techniques
  • scattering of light by terrestrial aerosols and clouds
  • scattering of light by oceanic particulates
  • scattering of light by solar system objects, exoplanets, and exoplanetary environments
  • scattering of light by various astrophysical objects
  • applications of light scattering methods in biology and biomedicine
  • light scattering in densely packed particulate media
  • near-field and coherent effects in light scattering, optical trapping, and manipulation
  • light scattering methods to control material properties and technological applications

Special sessions

  • Study of aerosol and environmental chemistry through analyses of light scattering
  • Tropospheric aerosols: the NASA perspective


Abstract submission: Please e-mail your abstract by 15 January 2017 to nadezhda.zakharova@nasa.gov with a copy to michael.i.mishchenko@nasa.gov. Only Word files will be accepted. Please use the following Word template (right-click on the words "Word template" and use the "Save Link As..." option).


Registration: All participants will be asked to pay a $380 registration fee. This will cover the opening reception, coffee breaks, banquet, farewell party, and miscellaneous conference materials. Additional banquet tickets will be available (the price is TBD). Further information will be provided shortly.


Conference Conveners

Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Matthew J. Berg, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Jay D. Eversole, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA
Michael Mishchenko, NASA GISS, New York, USA
Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA


Program Committee

Anthony Davis, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Oleg Dubovik, CNRS/University of Lille, France
Gerard Gouesbet, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rouen, France
Joop Hovenier, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Olga Kalashnikova, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Nikolai Khlebtsov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov, Russia
Alexei Lyapustin, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
Hal Maring, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, USA
Alexander Marshak, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
M. Pinar Menguc, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Karri Muinonen, Observatory, Helsinki, Finland
Vijay Natraj, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Thomas Wriedt, University of Bremen, Germany
Ping Yang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA


Venue: The conference will take place in the Computer and Space Sciences Building. To see it on the University of Maryland campus map, enter the building number 224 in the search window on the left.


Travel and lodging: For general travel and lodging information, please consult the University of Maryland directions and accommodations guides. Please note that UMD shuttle buses will not be available during the Spring Break, so it is highly advisable to find a hotel within walking distance of the Computer and Space Sciences Building. Examples are the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Quality Inn and Suites, Best Western Plus, and College Park Hotel and Suites.


Travel support: Funds will be available to sponsor travel of a limited group of participants. Preference will be given to graduate students and participants from developing countries. In most cases only partial support will be provided, often in the form of waiving the registration fee. Please submit your application for partial travel support by 15 December 2016 to Ludmilla Kolokolova at ludmilla@astro.umd.edu with a copy to Michael Mishchenko at michael.i.mishchenko@nasa.gov. Please provide a detailed explanation and justification of the travel expenses that you ask the ELS-XVI Organizing Committee to reimburse.


Visa support: Please notify, as soon as possible, Ludmilla Kolokolova at ludmilla@astro.umd.edu if you need an official invitation in order to apply for US visa.


Topical issue of JQSRT: Following the highly successful ELS practice, we will solicit papers for a special issue of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) and hope that you will want your state-of-the-art research to become part of yet another benchmark collection of papers on electromagnetic scattering and related topics. This special issue will consist only of full-size papers documenting research either reported at the conference or pertaining to the main topics of ELS-XVI. Extended abstracts of conference presentations will not be considered. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two independent referees to ensure that all accepted manuscripts satisfy the highest standards of scientific quality adopted for JQSRT. Again, this will be a topical issue of JQSRT rather than a conference proceedings volume. To expedite the communication of your research results to the scientific community at large, our goal is to have the entire special issue published in about 10 months after the conference

For more details see http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mmishchenko/ELS-XVI/


Bremen Workshop on Light Scattering 2017

Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, IWT, Bremen, 20-21 February 2017



Deadline 1. Jan. 2017

There will be no fee with this workshop.

Organizing Committee

Thomas Wriedt, Process & Chemical Engineering, Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, Bremen, Germany

Yuri Eremin, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Call for Papers

Planetary and Space Science, Special Issue on Cosmic Dust IX


You are cordially invited to submit a paper to a special issue of Planetary and Space Science (PSS) dedicated to cosmic dust and related topics.


All kinds of cosmic dust are the subject of discussion. In particular, the topic of interest includes but is not limited to:

-intergalactic dust

-interstellar dust

-protoplanetary disk dust

-debris disk dust

-cometary dust

-interplanetary dust

-circumplanetary dust

-stellar nebular condensates

-presolar grains




-regolith particles

-planetary aerosols

Also welcome are papers on dust-related topics such as:

-the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of a solid substance

-light scattering by non-spherical particles and particulate surfaces

-space missions and instrumentation for measurements of particulates


Although the special issue is primarily devoted to the papers presented at the 9th meeting on Cosmic Dust (Cosmic Dust

IX), it is open to submission of any papers on cosmic dust, outside of Cosmic Dust IX

(https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/Welcome_IX.html). In previous years, PSS published three special issues on Cosmic Dust:

-Cosmic Dust VI (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00320633/100)

-Cosmic Dust VII (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00320633/116)

-Cosmic Dust VIII (in press)



Deadline for submission: November 30, 2016



The deadline for submission is November 30, 2016. There is no charge for submission of a paper and no page charges for publication of the paper, except for color reproduction in print or an open access option. All papers will be peer-reviewed by two independent reviewers. Accepted papers will be published in the online (ScienceDirect) edition of the journal within about 3 weeks of acceptance. A detailed submission guideline is available as Guide for Authors at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/planetary-and-space-science/

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier web-based system EVISE. The authors must select SI:Cosmic Dust IX on the Enter Manuscript Information step in the submission process. The submission website for PSS is located at http://www.evise.com/evise/faces/pages/navigation/NavController.jspx?JRNL_ACR=pss

A request for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors at <dust-inquiries@cps-jp.org>.



Hiroshi Kimura (Nagoya Univ., Japan)

Ludmilla Kolokolova (Univ. of Maryland, USA)

Aigen Li (Univ. of Missouri, USA)

Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France)

Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya Univ., Japan)

Cornelia Jaeger (MPIA, Germany)


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